British playwright Tom Stoppard says books are at risk of being "swept away" by a world of new technology and moving images that are increasingly winning the competition for children's attention, Reuters reports. Stoppard, who has written for television, radio, and film, also warned the study of humanities was being neglected in favor of science. "The printed word is no longer as in demand as when I was of the age of pupils or even at the age of the teachers teaching them," newspapers quoted Stoppard as saying. Children live in a world of technology where the moving image takes...

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