One in four read no books last year

One in four adults say they read no books at all in the past year, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Tuesday. Of those who did read, women and seniors were most avid, and religious works and popular fiction were the top choices. The survey reveals a nation whose book readers, on the whole, can hardly be called ravenous. The typical person claimed to have read four books in…

Virtual game is a 'disease model'

Some acted selflessly, rushing to the aid of other characters even though that meant they risked infection themselves. Others fled infected cities in an attempt to save themselves. And some who were sick made it their mission to deliberately infect others. –BBC Wikipedia has a good collection of background resources on “corrupted blood,” the virtual disease which afflicted avatars in World of Warcraft in 2005.

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Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2011

1. What Berlin wall?35. Stadiums, rock tours and sporting events have always had corporate names.43. Being a latchkey kid has never been a big deal.53. Tiananmen Square is a 2008 Olympics venue, not the scene of a massacre.55. MTV has never featured music videos.66. The World Wide Web has been an online tool since they were born. –Beloit College Which ones struck you the most? #66 really blew me away…