“Essay writing and reading is our resistance to the pygmy-fication of the language animal; our shrinkage into the brand, the sound bite, the business platitude; the solipsistic tweet. Essays are the last, heroic stand for the seriousness of prose entertainment; our best hope of liberating text from texting.”
Simon Schama in “Why I Write.”
People don’t read books as much as they used to. They get so distracted by bite-sized information that long-form content looks intimidating. Compare 140 characters or a :30 second YouTube video to a 500 page book.
While people are reading less books, they’re writing more. Social networks are public microphones. You can even become a published author and sells an e-book on Amazon.
Reading long-form is down but our self-expression is up. Those that balance the two are best prepared to make sense of the 21s century.