Nobel-winning author laments effects of Internet

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The 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa gestures during the press conference at the 'Borssalen' hall at the Old Stock Exchange in Stockholm, Sweden,  Monday Dec, 6, 2010. The award ceremony for this year's Nobel Prizes will be held on Dec, 10.  (AP Photo / Janerik Henriksson / SCANPIX)  SWEDEN OUT
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The 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa gestures during the press conference at the 'Borssalen' hall at the Old Stock Exchange in Stockholm, Sweden, Monday Dec, 6, 2010. The award ceremony for this year's Nobel Prizes will be held on Dec, 10. (AP Photo / Janerik Henriksson / SCANPIX) SWEDEN OUT

Nobel literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa says today's fast-paced information society has limited peoples' depth of thinking and is a major problem for culture.

The Peruvian author blamed the entertainment industry for creating what he calls a culture of "banalization, frivolization and superficiality."

Vargas Llosa, who won this year's Nobel Prize in literature, told reporters on Monday that the "audiovisual revolution" has been excellent from a technological point of view, but that it also has led to the "disappearance of long-range vision and deep preoccupation for basic questions."

Vargas Llosa is in Stockholm to accept his prize, which will be presented to him by Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf at a ceremony on Friday.