While it’s true that such ignorance compromises one’s credibility any time writing is required, the implications of this lack of literacy go much deeper. Let’s face it, very few writers are born of people who aren’t avid readers as well. The more reading declines, the more writing declines. Comprehension declines. Analysis declines. Articulation declines. Questioning declines. We become less able to distinguish between truth and propaganda. We become passive, stupid, biddable serfs to the intelligentsia.