I teach college students how to write, and so does my wife, Ellen. We have discovered that the “younger generation” has a deft ability to find its way around what used to be called the “Information Superhighway” (remember those optimistic days of yore?), yet they have little or no skill at being able to sit still long enough to focus. Does it seem to be a big stretch to assume they don’t spend a lot of time reading anything in depth? Many do not have the least bit of reading background in what we used to call the “classics.” They do not get involved much politically, and they certainly do not like to sit with a book for hours until they finish it (reading cover-to-cover in one sitting).
I heard a statement recently that I want to throw out to you: the Internet has created many would-be writers but not any new readers . I find this to be quite true. As part of the independent publishing phenomenon, I know there are many who wish to write, but there are also many more who really don’t have the talent to write.
What has been your experience with this “more writers than readers” problem? I would like to hear somebody who can verify or contradict my knowledge about this crazy reality we are witnessing in Cyberspace.