Eleanor Catton carries on her leftist tirades

Eleanor Catton sounds like she is standing for public office, rather than dipping her well trained snout once again into the trough.

She has an opinion piece in the Sunday Star-Times and once again rants on about political things.

She will of course get mightly upset when she gets smacked around the ears for it, you see free speech is only for the left, everyone else has to shut up.

As is usual she thinks because she is a tenured liberal academic elite that what she says, no matter how wrong, is the gospel truth.

Imagine the  sudden dissolution of all sports stadiums, fitness centres and recreational facilities in New Zealand, rationalised by the argument that if kids want to learn about sport they can watch it on TV. Such a proposition is absurd.

But sitting on the couch, watching a game of rugby, bears as little relation to actually playing the game as clicking through websites does to reading a book – especially when that book has been requested, sourced, or chosen according to the individual interests of the child.

The notion that online content is ‘interactive’ in a way that reading books is not is absolutely backwards. Physicality is immensely important to children, as is the enormous sense of achievement that comes when you check out a book from the library, when you finish it, when you return it, when you find it on the shelf again.

A book has dimension. It is a doorway.

A screen is all surface. How many adults can sit at a computer terminal and read diligently and immersively, for hours? How many can then retain what they have read?

What a crock…has she not heard of a Kindle, or an iPad, or any other reader software and devices?

Is she so stupid to think that people sit at home in front of a great big screen to read?

Consumers have a choice these days and more and more they are choosing to have a device loaded with hundreds of ‘books’. The world has changed and luddites like Eleanor Catton want us to read the way they we should read. Liberty is dead at the hands of morons like her.

For someone whose is supposedly one of our intellectual betters she sure seems stupid. Like most teachers she probably prefers one way traffic when it comes to opinions…hers only and the rest of us can all shut up.

How many, indeed, wish that their own access to books in childhood had been restricted or reduced?

Anybody who says that the book is no longer a relevant technology has simply not read enough books to know any better. I am troubled and ashamed by the let-them-eat-cake attitude that this country increasingly bears towards its children.

Troubled and ashamed? Perhaps if she hadn’t troughed the thick end of of a hundred thousand dollars some kids might have got access to far better books than her long-winded, boring dross.

There is already a growing disparity between rich and poor, and the recent measures made by the National Library to cut their own costs will only have the effect of accelerating that disparity. Children in poor communities deserve the opportunity to learn and grow and be transformed.

They count on institutions like the National Library to protect those opportunities, whatever the cost.

How precisely is the National Library ever going to help some feral bred kid in South Auckland?

I don’t think she even knows precisely what the National Library does, and I bet she would be mortified to know that they keep an archive of prominent and well read blogs like this one.

These academics really take the cake…so pious, and yet so out of touch with reality.

How is it the governments fault that kid’s parents don’t value learning and don’t buy their kids books?

I hope she continues on her little political crusade…because then we can all have fun educating her in the ways of the world rather than the cloistered view of the world from her sheltered workshop that academia has become.

 

– Sunday Star-Times


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