Yes, Murkrow, I support the second way. Why wouldn't I? I have been inducted over many years into the world of literacy.
But mate, look around you. The author is dead.
You and I are merely having a conversation - neither of us is an auteur.
Our prized individuality is evaporating in the Noosphere - we are becoming one tribe that shares its one feeling at the same time over the electronic media.
Mate, we are entering the New Dark Ages.
In the old Dark Ages the literate monks were forced to retire to their fortress monasteries and spent their time in the Scriptorium copying by hand the Ancient Greek Bible and by necessity, the Ancient Greek Philosophers.
And it was the combination of the Ancient Greek Bible and the Ancient Greek Philosophers that gave is the Rennaisance.
So the literate retire in the face of the internet, preparing for and awaiting the next Rennaisance.
"How dreadful!" cried Lord Henry. "I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect." ~ Oscar Wilde - The picture of Dorian Gray
Okay, I'm a bit more simple minded about everything.. but I do believe literacy will never die. As far as I can see, reading and writing still has plenty of people who prefer it, in all sorts of mediums. It's true that technology has dumbed down some of the ways people do things and I see the decline in education with the public schools through my youngest one, forcing me to step in more and more to prepare her for the real world outside of school.. but in the end, its our responsibility to ensure literacy is valid, and that television has it's place, but it's not in the center of the room. I use the television all the time to listen to what goes on in the world, in my area, and to entertain. It's never stopped me from turning it off and listening to new music, reading a new book from my favorite author, or maintaining my necessary tasks in life. I take that responsibility into my own hands to ensure there's a balance in all of it, so I believe it won't be such a crisis if that is the way everyone handles it. I'm sure the T.V. wouldn't harm your home.. mayhap you're just a bit scared of the hold you've seen it have on other people.