A new debate is taking place in education circles that revolves around the media literacy debate that started after the introduction of the internet. Instead of "reading" like kids used to, kids are now getting their information in a quicker, more streamlined manner. Instead of sifting through tons of books and magazines for days and days to get sources for a research paper, students are able to look something up on the internet, read several quick summaries and decide which sources to use. It all happens in a split second as opposed to several hours.
The problem, according to some is not that students aren't reading, per se, but that the manner of reading internet text does not allow for a beginning, middle and end. This article in The New York Times, "R U Really Reading?" explains the controversy.
Personally, I hate it when my kids start saying, OMG WE (Oh my god mom whatever!)