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I have be­come con­cerned re­cently with the way the in­ter­net and so­cial me­dia are nar­row­ing our fo­cus.

Tar­geted ad­ver­tise­ments are con­stantly in front of us sug­gest­ing prod­ucts, com­pa­nies and groups we might be in­ter­ested in based on the web­sites we visit, the sto­ries we read, our ages, lo­ca­tions and the in­ter­ests we ex­press.

I fear it is mak­ing our worlds more and more nar­row, re­in­forc­ing the be­liefs we al­ready have and fail­ing to chal­lenge us and ex­pose us to new ideas.

As we all be­come more in­ward look­ing, we risk los­ing em­pa­thy with our fel­low hu­man be­ings and an un­der­stand­ing of the world around us. I think there is only one an­swer. Books. We need to read more books - from when we are ba­bies into old age.

I would like to in­tro­duce more books into the Mir­ror, maybe new books, or our se­lec­tions or read­ers’ se­lec­tions. Would you be keen to be in­volved? Let me know: deb­bie.jamieson@fair­fax­me­

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