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Old 01-25-2012, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Connecticut/ON, Canada
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Why do you think it's strange Atlanta is on there?

People need to stop clinging on to stereotypes.
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Old 01-26-2012, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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I am pretty sure if you meet a white person in, for example, Iowa there is a good chance that they speak English. In NYC it is not the case.
Speaking English does not guarantee literacy. Similarly, one might be literate in another language.
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:39 PM
 
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There are a lot of problems with their methodology. Part of it is based on number of bookstores and newspaper circulation.

I used to subscribe to the local paper years ago but haven't bought a paper ever since all articles have been online - read the paper every day but not the carbon based version. I used to hang out at the bookstore many weekends but no longer do as I buy ebooks. So now I'm illiterate since I don't hang out in bookstores or read a physical newspaper?
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:47 PM
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Location: Madison, WI Metro Area
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There are a lot of problems with their methodology. Part of it is based on number of bookstores and newspaper circulation.

I used to subscribe to the local paper years ago but haven't bought a paper ever since all articles have been online - read the paper every day but not the carbon based version. I used to hang out at the bookstore many weekends but no longer do as I buy ebooks. So now I'm illiterate since I don't hang out in bookstores or read a physical newspaper?
I don't read very many ebooks because the font and looking at a monitor for long periods of time strains my eyes. I like some of each book type.
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Old 01-26-2012, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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Apparently, USA Today is unaware of a frightening little statistic as regards literacy. Check this out: 90% of the bookstores in the United States are located within 120 miles of New York City. And the majority of the other 10% are located near San Francisco and Boston.

That doesn't say much for the rest of the country.
Yet Minneapolis, Seattle and Austin are near the top, and nowhere near those two areas....
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Old 01-26-2012, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Apparently, USA Today is unaware of a frightening little statistic as regards literacy. Check this out: 90% of the bookstores in the United States are located within 120 miles of New York City. And the majority of the other 10% are located near San Francisco and Boston.

That doesn't say much for the rest of the country.
I find this very hard to believe. If you are going to make an outrageous claim like this you should be prepared to back it up by citing your source.
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Old 01-27-2012, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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Speaking English does not guarantee literacy. Similarly, one might be literate in another language.
But they are measuring literacy in English specifically, not in other languages.
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Old 01-27-2012, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Why do you think it's strange Atlanta is on there?

People need to stop clinging on to stereotypes.
Very true and Atlanta doesn't have nearly as large of an international population as it's peers. This helps confirm the statistics.
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:33 PM
 
Location: now nyc
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Apparently, USA Today is unaware of a frightening little statistic as regards literacy. Check this out: 90% of the bookstores in the United States are located within 120 miles of New York City. And the majority of the other 10% are located near San Francisco and Boston.

That doesn't say much for the rest of the country.
A lot of them are closing down. The two nearest bookstores to me closed down. Another good one a little further away closed too.
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Connecticut/ON, Canada
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A lot of them are closing down. The two nearest bookstores to me closed down. Another good one a little further away closed too.
Same around here. We pretty much only have Barnes and Noble left, and dunno how long that'll last.

These Kindle thingymajigs seem to be doing it, like Netflix that put all video stores including Blockbuster out of business.

I remember video stores being very popular when I was growing up in the 90's. Right before they all disappeared, they were ghost towns. I miss going to the video store, picking up a few movies, popcorn and candy...ANYWAYS.

I'd be sad if Barnes and Noble went out of business :/ I'd rather read an actual book instead of using a Kindle.
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