Salon has an entertaining interview with Ray Bradbury:
There's so much competition for a young person's attention nowadays. For the record, why is reading still important?
Are you kidding? You can't have a civilization without that, can you? If you can't read and write you can't think. Your thoughts are dispersed if you don't know how to read and write. You've got to be able to look at your thoughts on paper and discover what a fool you were.