Saturday, October 31, 2009

60 second recaps

I can imagine a lot of people will disapprove of this, but it seems to me a brilliant way of getting young people into reading. The Boston Globe reports on a new website which offers sixty second video introductions to classics such as Fahrenheit 451, Of Mice and Men and others. Geared towards the YouTube generation, they offer sound introductions to the works, and try to put them in a context which the young people will understand, and which will attract their interest.

How many young people are lost to the joys of reading because they're forced to read dusty old books that mean nothing to them? This sort of initiative seems ideal to me.

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