Are Books Making Us Illiterate? How e-Reading Can Save Civilization

Virginia Heffernan, New York Times columnist and writer. Recorded at the National Gallery of Art on June 17, 2010, this podcast captures the stirring keynote address by New York Times columnist and writer Virginia Heffernan for the 14th National Museum Publishing Seminar. Addressing the theme of the seminar, Print and the Digital Network, Heffernan asks Are Books Making Us Illiterate? How e-Reading Can Save Civilization. Speaking to the relationships among books, new media, and reading, Heffernan scrutinizes the nature of 21st-century literacy, balancing nostalgia for the printed page with the growing role of e-readers.
Released: October 12, 2010