After I read something masterful like Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat" with my students and observe, by watching their faces, that they'd rather watch a re-run of The Simpsons, I ask them: "How'd you like this story?" They say, "It was okay." But then I say, "Is it 'okay'--or 'okay for a story?' " That's when they all light up and admit that no story can ever compare to a funny YouTube clip.
I disagree with them, of course. I genuinely do like reading Nathaniel Hawthorne more than I like watching LOST... but I see now that I'm swimming upstream. They say "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em," but I've never been much of a joiner. I wonder how this'll turn out.