Reading is declining…again?

Kevin Drum (yes, I’m hooked on him as of late) points up to a cranky Harold Bloom editorial in the LA Times bemoaning the degrading effects of computers on reading.
Harold Bloom, IMHO, is a complete and utter idiot.
The New York Times, the other day, published an Op-ed by Andrew Solomon also lamenting the decline of reading for pleasure. He doesn’t blame computers for it like Bloom, though.
There have *always* been alternatives to reading, and much of what I do on a computer is reading and writing anyway. Sure, there are those who only use the computer to play Doom XIV, but what about blog writers and readers? And those who hunt amazon.com’s bookstore for something tasty?
I don’t think we are becoming a more illiterate society.