Here is a challenge: try not to read all day. Not only books. Everything. No emails, Facebook status updates, blog posts, product labels, road signs. Or the text in videos like this one.
Is this actually possible at all? Not reading when you’re exposed to words? Is it possible to spend a day or an hour without learning something through the ability to decode meaning from a sequence of letters?
It is. If you don’t have that ability. If you are illiterate.
The video makes this smart point to stress that one seventh of the world population is illiterate.
Created by a San Francisco based non-profit organization Room to Read, for the International Literacy Day 2014, the clip is a part of Do Not Read campaign encouraging to support educational opportunities in Africa and Asia.
What’s fantastic about the video is that it’s extremely thought-provoking. It says: reading is like air. Someone who has the precious skill of reading can’t live without it. You are a lucky man, you can read (so why aren’t you reading enough?)
We found this great video thanks to eBook Porn – a wonderful Tumblr blog devoted to books in digital times. If you’re a ebook geek, try not to read it.
Have some more time? Here are other video posts to watch and read:
- There is no better white noise than the old library (video)
- How to dry a book that has been water damaged (video)
- John Green shares 26 exciting facts about libraries (video)
- Stunning animation cleverly plays with the meaning of words (video)
- This machine can remove dust from over 5,000 books per day (video)