Analysis Of Reading And Thought By Dwight Macdonald

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In Dwight MacDonald’s article, “Reading and Thought” he criticizes journalists on their lack of benefit and weakness in their pieces. MacDonald’s argument clashes with Henry Luce’s ideology of “functional curiosity”, the belief of having the “kind of searching, hungry interest in what is happening everywhere”. MacDonald wants to strengthen the practice of reading instead actually giving valuable information. Basically he believes it’s pointless to be reading something that isn’t giving anything you back. You’re not becoming a better person or wealthier, you’re just wasting your time. Reading should be something enjoyable and if not the information given should at least be useful to the reader in one-way or another. If the only reason you’re

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