Monday, November 12, 2007

Playboy confirms the death of the book reader

My girlfriend is a total trash-tv junkie. She loves reality shows and pseudo-reality shows, and celebrity gossip wrap-ups, and other horrible stuff like that. A few months ago she quit her job and went for weeks spending upwards of 8 hours a day watching the worst that television has to offer. Now she has a new job and consequently can only dedicate two or three hours a day to her junk-tv habit, and she has to work hard even to achieve that much screen time. She has to multi-task to maximize her exposure to the televisions cathode rays, watching tv while eating breakfast or clipping her toenails or sleeping. She's an expert at time-management.

One of my girlfriend's current favorite shows is "Keeping Up with the Kardashian's," which is like a sci-fi reality show about an ass with a face attached to it. On a recent episode the ass with a face posed for Playboy. My girlfriend was curious about the pictoral, and it seemed like a perfect opportunity for me to buy porn with my girlfriend's consent, so I went out and bought it.

As porn goes, Playboy isn't very exciting. It does have some decent articles in it, though, sort-of. There's a new Stephen King story in the issue with Ass-face Kardashian, so I'm looking forward to reading that. There's also an article about the shootings in Oakland, which includes the idea that white people should train black gangsters how to shoot, so the gangsters could kill their targets more effectively, with less innocent bystanders getting killed. I'm not kidding, the article really says that.

There's also the following statistic, which was printed in the Raw Data section: 27% of Americans did not read a book in the last year.

27%. That's more than 1 out of 4 people who didn't even read ONE book last year. Don't forgot that last year saw the release of some major bestsellers, including the final tome in the Harry Potter series. That book alone got more press than the ongoing Iraq war, and sold more copies than the bible. And even with a book like that weighing in, more than 25% of the population didn't read a single book.

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