I was in my local Barnes & Noble bookstore today and have noticed that they've changed the store significantly over the past few months. Now about 1/3 of the store is devoted to toys and games. This is, of course, at the expense of books.
Borders filed for Chapter 11 last week and is closing over 200 stores at last count.
Reading is evidently down.
Meanwhile, the television reality show Jersey Shore is wildly successful and a foul little troll her calls herself Snooki makes more in one episode than some elementary school teachers earn in a year.
In a few decades, Asian schoolchildren will study the decline and fall of America in their history classes.