Morris Berman writes:
For every intelligent book you, the reader, might read, millions of other readers occupy themselves with titles such as Aliens are Among Us! or Protect Yourself from Emotional Abuse, and that is, if they read at all. . . Don DeLillo echoes this sentiment when he writes, “If serious reading dwindles to nothingness, it will probably mean that the thing we’re talking about when we use the word ‘identity’ has reached an end.”
In Morris Berman’s book The Twilight of American Culture, he discusses, among other things, the collapse of American intelligence. It’s a remarkably interesting and depressing read. I highly recommend it.