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Alex A Madison
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READ A BOOK- DUMBASS!!!
POLL: Which Slogan would get your attention more if you saw it online.
 Read a Book- Dumbass!
 Yay! Books!
 F*&%king Read a Book Moron.
 Read to your kids or they'll grow up to become Christian Fundamentalists.
 Read a Book: The Illuminati doesn't want you too!
 A Moron that Can't read is No Worse Off Than an A-hole that won't.
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I've been worried about people, especially kids, not reading books anymore for a while now.

I know that it's important, I can feel it, the neuro-scientists seem to agree that the focus needed and mental exercise of reading a longer text is beneficial and frankly, Twitter rots your brain.

We all know that's true, even people that love Twitter can feel the effect.

So I decided to do something about it and asked my publisher (Orange Cat Publishing) if they'd back me in something like this. They agreed! (Yay!)

OK, so here's the deal, I think that any real push to read right now needs to come from either television, or online and that to really work it will need a "viral meme".

So I'm starting with: Read a book- Dumbass

But that may not be the actual message that get's used. Anyone have anything they'd like to lend to the cause?

I can't promise that anything will be officially used, but if it is, we'll make sure the creator gets credit for it!

*Edited to fix typo's, I often accidentally hit semi-colons instead of instead of apostrophes. I don't want people to think the person mentioning it below was totally wrong. It's a keyboard issue. (Or a finger one, depending on how you look at it.)

Last Edited by Alex A Madison on 08/29/2011 03:33 PM
DON'T BE A DUMB-ASS, READ A BOOK! BOOKS HELP TO SHARPEN THE MIND AND MAKE LEARNING MORE ENJOYABLE. YAY BOOKS! Read mine for free. ABOMINATIONS by Alex Madison. (You can't beat a free gift! It would be nearly thirty dollars in the store...)

Read it for free at: [link to orangecatpublishing.com]
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You're a writer? But you don't know your apostrophes from a semi colon? What kind of a dumb ass are you? LOL!
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Interesting ideas, however they are all pretty much offensive. I think different approach is needed, more benevolent one.

We don't want our kids to be aggressive, would we.
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You're a writer? But you don't know your apostrophes from a semi colon? What kind of a dumb ass are you? LOL!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1526177


That's OK, I don't proof read stuff here at all, except for basic speeling and even that's spotty. (See?)

Honestly though, I do know the difference, I just don't care right now.
DON'T BE A DUMB-ASS, READ A BOOK! BOOKS HELP TO SHARPEN THE MIND AND MAKE LEARNING MORE ENJOYABLE. YAY BOOKS! Read mine for free. ABOMINATIONS by Alex Madison. (You can't beat a free gift! It would be nearly thirty dollars in the store...)

Read it for free at: [link to orangecatpublishing.com]
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Interesting ideas, however they are all pretty much offensive. I think different approach is needed, more benevolent one.

We don't want our kids to be aggressive, would we.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1524619


There are about fifty "Kind and gentle" reading approaches out there right now. How many have you heard of?

How much have they effected you and your family?

People that read have kids that read, but getting adults that don't read to get working on it in front of their kids is like pulling teeth.

So I'm hoping that something a little harsher might snap people into noticing for once.

*The program itself will likely be "kinder and gentler" but something really needs to be done and when being nice doesn't work, we need to consider the positive effects of going crazy.
DON'T BE A DUMB-ASS, READ A BOOK! BOOKS HELP TO SHARPEN THE MIND AND MAKE LEARNING MORE ENJOYABLE. YAY BOOKS! Read mine for free. ABOMINATIONS by Alex Madison. (You can't beat a free gift! It would be nearly thirty dollars in the store...)

Read it for free at: [link to orangecatpublishing.com]
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That's why online publishers ARE NOT AS GOOD AS THE REAL PUBLISHING HOUSES WHERE THE REAL BIG MONEY IS.
THOMAS WOLFE WAS TERRIBLE AT EDITING. HE SIMPLY WAS HELPLESS. AFTER LOOK HOMEWARD ANGEL WAS WRITTEN,IT WAS PACKED UP INTO A LARGE WOODEN CRATE AND SHIPPED TO A NY PUBLISHER. AFTER THE FIRST 1,000 PAGES, THE EDITOR STILL HAD NOT FOUND THE PLOT.
WOLFE THOUGHT EVERYTHING WAS IMPORTANT SO HE ALWAYS WROTE IT DOWN.
TO ME,I THINK HE WAS A LITTE INSANE.
HE WAS OBSERVED ONE NIGHT IN NY WALKING DOWN THE STREET AT 2AM MUTTERING TO HIMSELF: "i WROTE 20,000 WORDS TODAY! i WROTE 20,000 WORDS TODAY!" THAT'S 42 DOUBLE-SPACED PAGES. NO WONDER HE COULDN'T SLEEP. TRUE STORY,TOO.
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Someone gave reading one star?

Who does that kind of thing? LOL!

Never trust someone that tells you that you shouldn't read books.

Not all books help you, but thinking and reading are important.

Have you ever wondered why the slaves in the old south were forbidden the skill of reading by law?
DON'T BE A DUMB-ASS, READ A BOOK! BOOKS HELP TO SHARPEN THE MIND AND MAKE LEARNING MORE ENJOYABLE. YAY BOOKS! Read mine for free. ABOMINATIONS by Alex Madison. (You can't beat a free gift! It would be nearly thirty dollars in the store...)

Read it for free at: [link to orangecatpublishing.com]
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*The program itself will likely be "kinder and gentler" but something really needs to be done and when being nice doesn't work, we need to consider the positive effects of going crazy.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1524619


Ok, that could eventually lead to more interest in books, because I know when I was young, books were not so popular among the kids.

However, I found some of your choices presented here very interesting, but I can't say since the anonymous vote regarding the POLL.
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You are right people hardly reading anymore. I read read read and do lots of research. At my job people ask me to spell for them because they are to lazy to pick up the dictionary and look the word up. At GLP forum most people seem to come here to complain or ask everyone for an answer. Everyone needs to read more because it makes you a stronger person. Knowledge is power !! Turn off your TV and read !!!
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That's why online publishers ARE NOT AS GOOD AS THE REAL PUBLISHING HOUSES WHERE THE REAL BIG MONEY IS.
THOMAS WOLFE WAS TERRIBLE AT EDITING. HE SIMPLY WAS HELPLESS. AFTER LOOK HOMEWARD ANGEL WAS WRITTEN,IT WAS PACKED UP INTO A LARGE WOODEN CRATE AND SHIPPED TO A NY PUBLISHER. AFTER THE FIRST 1,000 PAGES, THE EDITOR STILL HAD NOT FOUND THE PLOT.
WOLFE THOUGHT EVERYTHING WAS IMPORTANT SO HE ALWAYS WROTE IT DOWN.
TO ME,I THINK HE WAS A LITTE INSANE.
HE WAS OBSERVED ONE NIGHT IN NY WALKING DOWN THE STREET AT 2AM MUTTERING TO HIMSELF: "i WROTE 20,000 WORDS TODAY! i WROTE 20,000 WORDS TODAY!" THAT'S 42 DOUBLE-SPACED PAGES. NO WONDER HE COULDN'T SLEEP. TRUE STORY,TOO.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1526177


I disagree.

Online publishers vary, but some of the new ones are getting just as good at editing as the best of the now dying paper industry houses.

(I lament their passing, but that won't stop it, unfortunately.)

I think your confusing sites like Kindle that allow a person to put a book up and places that have a selection process and edit the works.

Really though, this is off topic. I'd rather have people reading the insane scribblings of Wolfe than not opening a book at all.

Though good books help.

Last Edited by Alex A Madison on 08/29/2011 03:46 PM
DON'T BE A DUMB-ASS, READ A BOOK! BOOKS HELP TO SHARPEN THE MIND AND MAKE LEARNING MORE ENJOYABLE. YAY BOOKS! Read mine for free. ABOMINATIONS by Alex Madison. (You can't beat a free gift! It would be nearly thirty dollars in the store...)

Read it for free at: [link to orangecatpublishing.com]
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You are right people hardly reading anymore. I read read read and do lots of research. At my job people ask me to spell for them because they are to lazy to pick up the dictionary and look the word up. At GLP forum most people seem to come here to complain or ask everyone for an answer. Everyone needs to read more because it makes you a stronger person. Knowledge is power !! Turn off your TV and read !!!
 Quoting: 3orchids


A simple phrase but one that kind of resonates "Turn off your T.V. and read!"


I'm not against the idea of the internet (Obviously! Here I am.) I just think that we can do both. No one (or very few people at least) really benefits from ten hours a day of Twitter and Facebook.
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Read it for free at: [link to orangecatpublishing.com]
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Is that your pic OP? Cause you are freaky as fuck. You wouldn't happen to be one of those alien-human hybrids I keep hearing about here on GLP would you?

Because, honestly, I never really believed in that whole alien gray-human hybrid stuff until I saw your pic.

I would have a hard time sleeping in a bed with you if we were together. I would probably wake up all night long to make sure you weren't abducting me.

Of course, a good practical joke would be to stand at the foot of the bed in semi-darkness just staring at me. Freaky.
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Convince them it's rebellious and anti-establishment to read books. Find head trippy ones, compare them to drugs, hehe. Personally, I'd love to live in a world where reading was a healthy addiction.
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Yay! Books!

Good luck in this project, it may be more important than you realize.

If one is not sure where to start, I recommend Finnegan's Wake [link to finwake.com]

If you can read it, you can read anything.
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Is that your pic OP? Cause you are freaky as fuck. You wouldn't happen to be one of those alien-human hybrids I keep hearing about here on GLP would you?

Because, honestly, I never really believed in that whole alien gray-human hybrid stuff until I saw your pic.

I would have a hard time sleeping in a bed with you if we were together. I would probably wake up all night long to make sure you weren't abducting me.

Of course, a good practical joke would be to stand at the foot of the bed in semi-darkness just staring at me. Freaky.
 Quoting: ArchaicSEAL 873894


No. It's photoshop. Made from another photoshop drawing. There was never a real image involved.

Last Edited by Alex A Madison on 08/29/2011 04:48 PM
DON'T BE A DUMB-ASS, READ A BOOK! BOOKS HELP TO SHARPEN THE MIND AND MAKE LEARNING MORE ENJOYABLE. YAY BOOKS! Read mine for free. ABOMINATIONS by Alex Madison. (You can't beat a free gift! It would be nearly thirty dollars in the store...)

Read it for free at: [link to orangecatpublishing.com]
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Convince them it's rebellious and anti-establishment to read books. Find head trippy ones, compare them to drugs, hehe. Personally, I'd love to live in a world where reading was a healthy addiction.
 Quoting: Queen Bea of Useless Knowledge


I have to agree in part here!

Kids really are going to have to rebel against the corporations and schooling that wants them to sit and listen to bells all day, so that they learn to be a good factory worker by the time their eighteen.

"Fight the man, Read a book!"
DON'T BE A DUMB-ASS, READ A BOOK! BOOKS HELP TO SHARPEN THE MIND AND MAKE LEARNING MORE ENJOYABLE. YAY BOOKS! Read mine for free. ABOMINATIONS by Alex Madison. (You can't beat a free gift! It would be nearly thirty dollars in the store...)

Read it for free at: [link to orangecatpublishing.com]
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read a book dumbass is the best because it´s short, clear and pretty emphatic!

who wants to be a dumbass? and the remedy to that is very simple. i think it´s the most effective.
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Does reading a book on a kindle count?
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Pardon me while I burst ~ into flames.
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Most people I know have'nt opened a book since HS if they ever graduated,that is. Face it. When your kids can't read or spell the simplest of words, this country is doomed. You might as well be teaching then Swahili. Hell, they might even learn it.
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Does reading a book on a kindle count?
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Yes. I think so.

It's the length of the works and the focus and neural recruitment that actually make the difference. As you read you become immersed in the flow of words, build a representative model or a structure that allows you to follow along with the text, all of which creates a much greater mental load.

Paper books aren't required. You can read off of your computer screen even. It's the length that seems to be key.

I can't prove any of that yet, no science is really in on it that I've found, but it's my best guess at this point.

So Kindle away, or use any other means to read a book that works for you or your family.

Last Edited by Alex A Madison on 08/29/2011 04:23 PM
DON'T BE A DUMB-ASS, READ A BOOK! BOOKS HELP TO SHARPEN THE MIND AND MAKE LEARNING MORE ENJOYABLE. YAY BOOKS! Read mine for free. ABOMINATIONS by Alex Madison. (You can't beat a free gift! It would be nearly thirty dollars in the store...)

Read it for free at: [link to orangecatpublishing.com]
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 Quoting: Princess_Ruto


I literally have had this song running through my head all day.
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Read it for free at: [link to orangecatpublishing.com]
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 Quoting: Princess_Ruto


I literally have had this song running through my head all day.
 Quoting: Alex A Madison


Yeah, now I do too.

The internet has replaced the need to read books.

Instead of focusing on one subject, or getting lost in one story, we are all just becoming increasingly more ADD with our constant need to stumble all over the internet, flick those channels, and subject ourselves to unreal amounts of advertising.
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READERS ARE LEADERS-
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READERS ARE LEADERS-
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1525022


That's a nice, short and positive message. Mind if I put that in the pool for potential use?

It may be too positive. (sigh) But hitting a thousand different angles is better than none! (I hope.)
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Read it for free at: [link to orangecatpublishing.com]
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visit another realm, read a book.

for me that is what a good book is all about, transporting me for a time from the crappy reality of this crappy world.
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visit another realm, read a book.

for me that is what a good book is all about, transporting me for a time from the crappy reality of this crappy world.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1501171


I like that one too.

"Visit another realm, read a book."

How about something like "Reading is free" or even "reading sets you free"?
DON'T BE A DUMB-ASS, READ A BOOK! BOOKS HELP TO SHARPEN THE MIND AND MAKE LEARNING MORE ENJOYABLE. YAY BOOKS! Read mine for free. ABOMINATIONS by Alex Madison. (You can't beat a free gift! It would be nearly thirty dollars in the store...)

Read it for free at: [link to orangecatpublishing.com]
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 Quoting: Princess_Ruto


I literally have had this song running through my head all day.
 Quoting: Alex A Madison


Yeah, now I do too.

The internet has replaced the need to read books.

Instead of focusing on one subject, or getting lost in one story, we are all just becoming increasingly more ADD with our constant need to stumble all over the internet, flick those channels, and subject ourselves to unreal amounts of advertising.
 Quoting: Princess_Ruto


It's rewiring our brains and making people have problems focusing for longer than a few minutes.

So we give kids drugs to help them focus and sit them down to play online for hours at a time unsupervised.

Even a porn novel would be healthier for most of them.
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Read it for free at: [link to orangecatpublishing.com]
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You're a writer? But you don't know your apostrophes from a semi colon? What kind of a dumb ass are you? LOL!
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