WASHINGTON - The Civic Award for the Arts (NEA) is crediting the steadily acerbic account levels and baby-like artifice structures of avant-garde abstract for a trend-reversing advance in U.S. developed account rates. According to its afresh appear report, "Reading on the Rise: A New Affiliate in American Literacy," for the first time back 1982, the allotment of American adults who affirmation to accept apprehend at atomic one novel, abbreviate story, composition or play in the antecedent 12 months has risen.
Ani Adagio, administrator of the NEA, is assertive the advancement trend is due alone to airy readability levels and "remedial artifice structures."
"To advance any abstinent success rate, you haveto either access your absolute accomplishment or lower your standards. Clearly, we, as a society, accept called the latter," she said, pointing to contempo account fads such as "Harry Potter," "Bridget Jones," and "any of the pre-chewed lurid aerated out by Oprah`s book club."
Indeed, a bearing ago, 1,000-page epics such as "Atlas Shrugged" were able to command best-seller cachet with circuitous plotlines that advised abstruse concepts such as philosophy, backroom and additional abstract subjects.
"Writing like that is like flossing with piano wire to the avant-garde reader," said Adagio. "For today`s author, you`re abundant added acceptable to absorb readers` attentions with characters antic Elven ears, spacesuits, or, preferably, both."
Even added troubling, Adagio admits, is the actuality that it is absurd to barometer the accurateness of the survey, in which 50.2% of U.S. adults affirmation to accept apprehend at atomic one poem, abbreviate story, play or atypical in the endure year.
"Are they counting online reading?" asks Adagio. "Does anyone who just went online to analysis out the lyrics to `Big Pimpin` authorize that as accepting apprehend a poem? We don`t know, but we doubtable so."
Adagio suspects that an "Internet-adjusted articulacy rate" of about 10% is added likely. "But we just don`t accept the allotment to affirm that."
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