The World Wide Web (great description, that) is on info overload just waiting for takers willing to take the time to... READ. Nice to see even electric gaming is taking a second seat to the art of info delivery as the prime source of Web-tertainment. And the ability of electronic tablets and phones to store and then explore everything from literature classics to magazines (like... er... 2020mag.com/ipadapp and 2020mag.com/iphoneapp... shameless plug and beg for a buck) and newspapers makes reading a “virtual” feast of words ready for every new generation of readers.
And so the “hitch” to provide that reading comprehension becomes increasingly more important especially as it relates to the children of the world, forever our most precious blessing. Examples of our ability to come up short on that promise are, of course, equally World Wide and hopelessly rampant but allow me to offer one closer to home.
My son Gram has been a part of the page count here at 20/20 for a few years now. His incredible experience with vision therapy as documented in this magazine last year has been a bounty of success quite nearly sidestepped by pediatricians saying all was well with his sight when, in fact, he had reading issues in particular and sight obstacles in a particular way that clouded his world. Today this kid is a sponge of information. Squeeze him and you can find out everything from the specs of the current Bentley Continental Supersports to the latest developments at Fender Guitars. Granted his reading is all too often selective to his interests but ACTUALLY (a favorite word of his) that’s okay by me.
He does all that car and guitar research aided by his trusty Nike eyewear, and just recently his best buddy Finn bit the visual bullet and got fitted with a pair as well. No one calls them “four-eyes” and as they “read” it, all’s right with a world open to the perfect vision of offering solutions when it comes to reading effortlessly. In my book (and 20/20 as well) anything short of that is a world gone wrong.
—James J. Spina