Originally Posted by b0ned0me
Personally, I get the impression that there are two large chunks of the educational establishment which conspire to destroy people's involvement with the written word. One thinks that nothing is worth discussing unless it's either at least a century old or written from the point of view of an alcholic's thymus gland using the vernacular of a hebridean fisherman. The other group think that the slack-jawed retards of today can't possibly cope with reading anything more complex than the tv listings unless every single word, name and punctuation mark is explained at interminable length in short words.
Both attitudes- the desire to destroy people's connection with reading and the belief that the masses are slack-jawed idiots who have to be spoon fed everything- are structural to Modernism.