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    Data on Children and Reading

    This is for Gary and Dan, who are always going off about kids' reading habits. Now you have some actual data to chomp on:

    http://www.scholastic.com/aboutschol...dingreport.htm

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    Interesting reading as well as meshing with a conversation conducted with relatives this past week. They are of an age with me so our viewpoint is of the older generation, pre-boomer by a half-decade. Our consensus proved to be that our grandchildren might grow up comfortable with Kindle and the like but it would more probably be their children who would transition to electronic storage. We also agreed that it might come faster if trees became elevated to a priority in environmental politics.
    So, the sound-byte from the report is that children who read do and children who don’t read don’t. Is that a fair summary?

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    I wonder to what extent this data is similar to previous studies on children's reading habits with regard to secondary sources, and with regards to media types. I remember seeing a similar report on video game playing and tv watching habits versus reading habits. If I recall, the results were quite similar, but a quick google search didn't turn up what I was looking for...

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    Is it legitimate to opine that a child who can read and follow World of Warcraft is literate?

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    Well, all the basic hallmarks of literacy are there. Plus a few extras, like decision making.

    The report I was thinking of was specifically concerned with movie and video game adaptations of novels, and novelizations of such -- similarly seeing how kids felt about them compared to reading, and likewise finding that kids who read a book will also be attracted to the game versions, author information, related magazines, yadda yadda.

    Could anyone play World of Warcraft without being literate?

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    Well, all the basic hallmarks of literacy are there. Plus a few extras, like decision making.

    The report I was thinking of was specifically concerned with movie and video game adaptations of novels, and novelizations of such -- similarly seeing how kids felt about them compared to reading, and likewise finding that kids who read a book will also be attracted to the game versions, author information, related magazines, yadda yadda.

    Could anyone play World of Warcraft without being literate?
    Yes indeed. I couldn't speculate the %'s but there are plenty of younger people (13-17) that can't type to save their. I've also seen player demographic research showing good portions of players who have no interest in reading/fantasy elements outside of WoW. I have done work for Blizzard, this is not speculation.

    Games like Counter Strike and a few other action oriented games probably have very little literary players as well.

    On the opposite end you have MUD's and various adventure games that probably have very high percentages of super-literate player bases.

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