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Technology "sweeping away" books, says Stoppard
Books are at risk of being "swept away" by a world of new technology and moving images which are increasingly winning the competition for children's attention, says British playwright Tom Stoppard. Stoppard, who has written for television, radio and film, also warned the study of humanities was being neglected in favor of science. "The printed word is no longer as in demand as when I was of the age of pupils or even at the age of the teachers teaching them," newspapers quoted Stoppard as saying. Children live in a world of technology where the moving image takes precedence over the printed page, he said. "I think that's to the detriment ... I just don't want the printed page to get swept away by that."
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