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[Reading is] awful, a terrible habit! In virtuality at least you get to interact! Even with television you at least have to use visual processing centers and parse real dialogue with your ears! Really, reading is so bad for you, it destroys your eyes and hurts your posture and makes you fat. Sterling 1996, 233

It is hard for us to admit that most human qualities, like hydroponic vegetables, manage to flourish even when they have no roots in the soil. (Jackson 1984, 63)