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Empire of the Word: The Magic of Reading (2009)

Episode 1
Only available in United States
52:01
4.6

For the past forty years, pundits and academics alike have predicted the imminent demise of the written word. Television, movies, now the Internet – each has been held up as the nemesis of the book. But the written word and its readers have always survived, and today there are more people who can read than ever before. This first episode takes us on a historical journey through the origins of reading and demonstrates that the struggle to be free to read has been with us since the first written word appeared five thousand years ago.

Alberto Manguel
Mark Johnston
English

Episodes

The Magic of Reading Video
4.6
Episode 1 The Magic of Reading
The Magic of Reading (2009)
Episode 1
, 52 minutes
This first episode takes us on a historical journey through the origins of reading and demonstrates that the struggle to be free to read has been with us since the first written word appeared five thousand years ago.
Only available in United States
Learning to Read Video
5
Episode 2 Learning to Read
Learning to Read (2009)
Episode 2
, 52 minutes
Meet those who are fighting to learn to read – despite the forces that might get in their way.
Only available in United States
Forbidden Reading Video
4.5
Episode 3 Forbidden Reading
Forbidden Reading (2009)
Episode 3
, 52 minutes
The power of reading is nowhere more apparent than when it is banned.
Only available in United States
The Future of Reading Video
4.5
Episode 4 The Future of Reading
The Future of Reading (2009)
Episode 4
, 52 minutes
Predicting the future of reading and writing may be impossible. But we can be sure that as long as there are stories, people will love to read them – and will keep inventing new ways to do it.
Only available in United States

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motherearth, posted on October 21, 2012

Wow, what we in America take for granted. The ability to read anything we want. I hope that this program will make you read more and know you are one of the privilage few who get to chose.
This program was very interesting and informative. I would have never thought that reading has been around as long as it has.

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