Technology, math, science, and computing are, and probably will remain to be, topics of discussion among a small(ish) group of people, typically referred to as 'geeks' or 'nerds'. I tend to consider myself to be in this category, as would probably many of you here. I don't claim to be the best at any of this stuff, but I do enjoy learning about it. The majority, however, do not seem to.
Reading, or the lack thereof, is another thing that i've noticed. People just don't do it! I read constantly, be it novels or otherwise. Right now, for example, i'm reading The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene, a very good introductory book to string theory!
I read an article recently about an author that went into a bookstore and asked young people that passed by who their favorite authors were. Many of them said that they either "Didn't read anymore", or that they didn't like to read. Again, very unfortunate.
Tonight, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, I saw a clip from a segment that they called "Point, what's your point?" Now, I realize that the show is pretty scripted, and the main purpose of it is entertainment, but the responses of the 2 young people that they had seem to represent the vast majority of young people today.
Asked how many books they thought people should read in a year, one responded "I don't read." The other responded by saying that reading was too much work because you "have to move your eyes and stuff." The clip went on to have other questions with equally uninformed or pathetic answers.
Again, probably very scripted, but others out there would probably have very similar responses to these, which I think is, again, very unfortunate. From those that I experience around me, many have no concept of current events, reading for pleasure, or the general pursuit of knowledge.
I know that many have tried over the years, but I wish that there was a way to get people more interested in the sciences, reading, and everything in general, rather than just being absorbed in the frivolous things in life when they could devote attention to more imporant things.
Sorry for the rant, but the segment on TV just struck a chord with me!