Notes in the margins: A media roundup

Decline of reading: One University of Minnesota student’s lament about how little she reads anymore when she’s not working. Check out the parts about the Internet and pressure to write. She may be on to something.

No, I’m not a professor emeritus: Retirees are checking out college classes as the new leisure activity.

Facebook isn’t the problem: A report says students study only 58% as long as they did 40 years ago. It’s falling school standards that’s the cause.

G.I. Bill a cash cow: Sen. Jim Webb, former Secretary of the Navy, is one of the senators checking into reports that a number of for-profit colleges are aggressively recruiting current and former soldiers. A number of for-profits have been under federal scrutiny for deceptive practices.