GRAPHICS: SALVATORE FERRO | PHOTOS: BIGSTOCK EXCEPT AS NOTED
Enjoy reading prose while you can.
We’re heading toward a post-text
Farhad Manjoo said text won’t
disappear entirely, but online culture
is turning sounds and images into
the universal language of tomorrow.
“The internet was born in text
For text, the writing is on the wall.” College Falls Out of Favor
because text was once the only for-
mat computers understood,” Manjoo
wrote. “Then we started giving
machines eyes and ears—that is,
smartphones were invented—and
now we’ve provided them brains to
decipher and manipulate multimedia.”
All those pictures and sounds
are altering how we think. “An infor-
mation system dominated by pictures
and sounds prizes emotion over
rationality,” Manjoo wrote. “It’s a
world where slogans and memes
have more sticking power than argu-
ments. … But what are we going to
do? There seems no going back now.
in Rural America
Who’s missing from America’s colleges? Rural high school
That’s the conclusion of Jon Marcus and Matt Krupnick,
who wrote that only 59% of rural high school graduates (white
and nonwhite, across all income levels) attend college the fall
after graduation, compared with 62% of urban and 67% of
suburban graduates. Among all 18–24-year-olds, 42% are
currently enrolled in institutes of higher education, compared
with just 29% of rural people in the same age range and 48%
Rural students score better than urban students on the
National Assessment of Educational Progress, so why the lower
college enrollment rate? Historically, rural industries like farm-
ing, mining and timber-harvesting required no college degree.
With the decline of those industries, a hopelessness has
taken hold. Forty percent of rural white men believe their children will have a lower standard of living than they did, according
to Pew Research Center, and the National Rural Education
Association points to drug and mental-health issues, poverty
and a lack of high-speed internet access in rural America as
feeding a sense of pessimism. l Source: npr.org
high school grads >>> college
Welcome to the Middle of Nowhere
We’ve all heard the expression the “middle of nowhere.” But researchers at Oxford University said
they’ve located it on a map.
Using tools to calculate how far any dot on a map is from a city, a team of 22 at Oxford’s Big Data
Institute said that Glasgow, Mont.—a town with 3,363 people—is the farthest from any metropolitan
area. The map above shows the 10 small towns farthest from any metro area.
l Source: washingtonpost.com
Glasgow, Mont. Scobey, Mont.
Wolf Point, Mont.
Battle Mountain, Nev.
Tonopah, Nev. Oakley, Kan. Scott City, Kan.