Online reading: A blessing or bane to literacy?

07/27/2008 | NYTimes.com

Nadia Konyk, 15, doesn't care much for books, but she spends hours online daily reading fanfiction. Critics say such habits destroy attention span and prevent young people from spending time with classic books, but proponents say the Internet is at least better than television and may engage some children -- especially those with learning disabilities -- in ways that the traditionally printed media can't.

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