There are many people who, because their education was a vaporous thing, have no interest in the written or spoken word.
The reason is obvious: they can’t read.
Their natural impulse is to make excuses. “Who needs books?” ‘People who write books are showing their privilege.
Elite societal players welcome illiteracy. They love it. It’s one of their cherished goals. Ignorance is good. More than that, illiterate people are easy to convince that repressive censorship isn’t a problem. It’s just something that ‘happens.’”