“Papua New Guinea lacks a reading culture. Being predominantly an oral culture is no excuse for the times we live in. For mass consumption, therefore, the country's educated elite, the so-called literate few, gets spoon fed by the internet and social media.
“Ask the average PNG citizen in the street what a novel is and s/he won't have a clue what you're talking about. This confirms that the whole nation is illiterate. Sad. To be literate, you must write and you must read books - using your own head.”
- Russell Soaba, Facebook, 3 December 2016
RUSSELL Soaba’s post on Facebook few days ago got me thinking about all the young people I see using Facebook every time I go online.
I sometimes wonder if they have nothing better to do than post a status every five minutes. I also wonder if they ever read a good book instead of being online all the time.