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First about Devil's Advocate:
In common parlance, a devil's advocate is someone who takes a position he or she disagrees with for the sake of argument. This process can be used to test the quality of the original argument and identify weaknesses in its structure. - Wikipedia.
Yeah, you are right. Books are important. And Reading is good :-)
Everyone believes that. And even the Writer of this Article believes it.
Even then, this Article was an eye-opener for me.
What, I found interesting.
Reading 'fiction' for entertainment, (there are many meaningless thriller, mystery, romantic, fantasy etc books) doesn't make us 'intellectual superior' to others. And it is not about greatness, education or intelligence. This is more like, watching masala-movies. It is not something to feel proud of. It is just entertainment.
'Reading some books' may not be called as a good-thing.
Recently I read, 'The Beach house' by James Patterson. I can't say that I did something good. It was just entertainment, but not a bad thing too.
There is a little truth in that 'parasite' and zombie thing. :-p
Good Fiction, or Non-fiction, if we don't learn and apply those changes in our lives, then it was only for entertainment. And sometimes a lot of entertainment has negative effect on other good things in the life.
We can give an excuse that we are doing good, because we are learning, and reading is important.
But, either we should learn, or we should accept that it was only entertainment.
Haha , ok leave it. I was a book-addict, so this article had affected and still affects me a lot. I still like books, but now I read in a better way.
If a book is just for entertainment,
while reading it, don't ignore job, studies, sleep, exercise, family and friends.
If you like reading, then include non-fiction (other than studies, professional and religion) and learn too. Otherwise this reading habit is not good/bad, it is just a neutral habit, like watching masala movies.
More, I'll write later, if necessary.
(I think, I wrote 'above things' for myself :-p so that I don't start reading too much)
I read a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooot. :-)
I like this forum.
I haven't browsed much yet.
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I tried to make that clear in second post, by quoting,
"a devil's advocate is someone who takes a
position he or she disagrees with for the sake of argument. This process can be used to test the quality of the
original argument and identify weaknesses in its structure."
I am sure, 'Author' loves books. She didn't mean to stop us. A leading newspaper won't publish such articles. I found an interesting article, and I tried to find something good out of it for myself. I am here to know, how much wrong I am. I know, this article is 'wrong'. Author is playing as Devil's advocate, and she says so. Article is not a negative one. If we change meaning of every sentence, and make them to have the opposite meaning, we won't end up with a Good and correct article too.
I thought, 'people will enjoy reading it, for the-purpose it was written'. (If anyone thinks that 'author really wants us to stop reading', then he/she is wrong. Please! Do not criticize the author)
'I put emphasis on 'non-fiction', that was my idea, I should get credit for it (good or bad) :-p
It affected me, and improved the quality of my reading. And as I wrote earlier, I wrote about myself. I have some bad qualities and weaknesses, and I could see those.
There are few lines which affected me, like..
"..but not alive enough to ever apply that knowledge..."
"..the reader slouches in his ratty couch, oblivious to love and conflict, the purple sky on a rainy day and the fireflies that light it up at night.."
"And as the world does one more turn on its axis, you turn the page of your cheap paperback, without even realising that life has just passed you by."
I am not going to stop reading. I want to change the way I read, and I will learn 'reading'.
If you don't have problems, it is fine :-) I know, everyone is not as bad as I am. I don't say, that everyone should stop reading,
or fictions are bad, or non-fiction are good. I found it useful, so I
thought maybe there are few people like me, who may find it useful.
I used to read a lot; I have finished many sets of many authors. And I read pretty super-fast. I read two 'fast-reading' books too. :-p
I still read a lot. Last week I might have finished 8-9 books. Yesterday I read one 'sewing' book. My mother has it. I don't sew, but I enjoyed reading about different types of tools, stitches, darts, hems, buttons, snaps, seams etc. :- )
I thought, everyone here is 16+. Yes, when we are young, we read only fiction. It is good too, and it helps. Consider it like watching TV. First we like cartoons, and then we grow up and start watching movies, then serials and songs. And later we start watching news, debates, discussions and documentaries too.
Reading covers everything. Reading 'only fiction' is nearly equivalent to 'watching movies'. It is not wrong though.
I didn't mean to offend anyone. I know that we mostly talk about fictions here, because that is 'something common'. And many of us read non-fictions too. And it is not wrong whether one reads or doesn't read, whether reads only fiction, or reads only non-fictions. If I read 'sewing-book' or 'science, economy, social.... " It's natural that I will go to different forums, to discuss those respective subjects. This article is about reading, so I shared it here.
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