Analysis of Harold Bloom's “Dumbing Down American Readers” Main Idea : Bloom claims that reading Harry Potter stories only prepares children for reading Steven King stories Support : Bloom says, “Our society and our literature and our culture are being dumbed down. I’ve seen the study of literature debased. There’s very little authentic study of the humanities remaining.” Source : Harold Bloom, Dumbing down American readers, The Boston Globe, 9/27/2003
Response to “Dumbing Down American Readers” I agree with a couple of points Harold Bloom made in his column. I agree that award for “distinguished contribution” shouldn’t be given to an author based on the popularity of his books, but the quality of his writing. But it seems that his criteria are just too strict. He sounds very snobbish when he is trying convince us that there is only a handful of authors that can belong to this very small circle and everybody else “just can’t write”.
2 Comments » I totally agree with you on literature is any writing that you have learned from. Literature can be poetry, non-fiction or even an English book in school. Comment by lori stewart — October 8, 2006 @ 8:25 pm Agreed, no one should limit the definition to one type or term. If you enjoy writing then you should write it how you want to, just make sure the message is sent. Comment by josephandress — October 9, 2006 @ 8:29 pm