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Reading is Underrated

Harry Bouche
October 17th, 2018
Hot take: Reading is Underrated
Reading is an underutilized medium of entertainment, especially in this day and age.
Beowulf, the oldest story ever written in English, can still be read and experienced today at its full capacity.
If we created a tool that lets us share ideas throughout our existence, why is its medium of entertainment falling out of style?
Now, take a look at your phone in your hand. Will that YouTube video you just watched—yeah, that one about the funniest vines of all time—matter to you in the next twenty-four hours? Possible, but unlikely. Epics, stories, poems, even comics, it doesn’t really matter what is being read. Reading can conform to whatever form required, and English is a perfect language for it. If languages were students, English is the scummy kid who steals other languages’ lunch money. Ironically, we benefit from this by having the ability to be more expressive, diverse, and extraordinary with our words and writing. Benefit from our language’s scumminess. Go out and read. This message was unofficially brought to you by your local high school book club.

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