Smart Reading
24 March, 2011
Smart Reading

Reading is a skill which usually pays. It has been that way since time immemorial. It continues to be the same way up until our days – with certain temporal alterations of course.
Needless to say that we all need to be skillful readers in order to feel better and live better. We will definitely fall behind the curve beyond correction in case we loathe reading, or if we allow ourselves to be poor readers. Deliberating on the subject, I

don’t mean to explain what reading means in general. What I mean is smart reading. It is the smart reading that counts nowadays, not just reading as it is.
Smart reading may not always save the day but it can certainly help in many interesting ways. First and utmost, smart reading makes a huge difference when it comes to the avalanche of information coming from umpteen prolific sources as part of our everyday life. Media has become relentless towards a contemporary man.
Media dominates, manipulates, crushes and minces us into an informed mass of stereotypically thinking and living beings. We are literally enslaved by the overwhelming means of mass communication. Their joint product, marketed to our warped minds and exhausted souls is called information – debilitating, splattering, obtrusive, and tiring knowledge about the runaway and messy world we have to live in today. We are suffocating from the absence of pure air because the air is completely saturated with the information produced by the world media.
There is nothing but information out there in the air. It is hard to breathe because oxygen has become a scarce commodity. Oxygen was ousted from our lives and information has taken its place. It must not be surprising at all that in these new environmental conditions we need to be extremely smart readers. Nothing else will help! Let’s learn how to be smart readers as soon as possible. Otherwise, we may suffer worse than the tsunami and quake victims. Smart reading will help us to turn ourselves into choosier buyers of books, choosier internet scavengers, choosier TV watchers and choosier newspaper readers.
What will happen as a result is that we will save minutes and hours and days of our life for happier things to do. Smart reading will work as a torch for us to lighten the informative obfuscation. Information no longer means light; unwanted information is darkness, and smart reading will illuminate our way out of murky air into the light of indispensable knowledge of what’s going on around us. We have to read and know only what is essential, only what we need for happy existence and unfailing survival. We can’t know everything, and we don’t need to know everything, and it is the smart reading that will keep us safe from inevitable info-slavery. I don’t want to be a nut-case! Do you?

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