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Those Who Don't Build Must Burn

It is now sixty years later and his warning went unheeded. A self imposed ignorance by a vast swath of Americans is reflected in these statistics: 33% of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives. 42% of college graduates never read another book after college. 80% of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year. 70% of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years. 57% of new books are not read to completion. There are over 17,000 radio stations and over 2,000 TV stations in America today. Each day in the U.S., people spend on average 4.7 hours watching TV, 3 hours listening to the radio and 14 minutes reading magazines. The projected average number of hours an individual (12 and older) will spend watching television this year is 1,750. In a 65-year life, the average person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube. Number of 30-second TV commercials seen in a year by an average child – 20,000 Number of videos rented daily in the U.S. – 6 million Number of public library items checked out daily – 3 million Percentage of Americans who can name The Three Stooges – 59% Percentage who can name at least three justices of the U.S. Supreme Court – 17%

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