CHARBONNEAU – Books are vehicles of insight

IF IT SEEMS ODD that I would defend print media by using this digital media that you read on a screen, let me explain.

We might be reading less print media but we are bot reading fewer words, days Dr. Maryanne Wolf, director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University.

“We are reading more than 100,000 words a day,” she CBC’s Spark.

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1 Comment on CHARBONNEAU – Books are vehicles of insight

  1. -Speaking of this:

    “Media on the internet involve an evolutionary mechanism of “what’s next.” It’s a state of mind that’s useful in scanning our environment for potential dangers and opportunities. In evolutionary terms, it’s useful to know when food becomes available or when a poisonous snake is on the path. But multitasking is not a good mental state for quiet contemplation.” -D. Charbonneau, ‘Books Are Vehicles Of insight.”

    -I don’t know if you’ve had this, yet I’ve been to sites -even newspaper ones- whereupon I find a link way into a story or context I am interested in and quite literally had the page transform before my eyes into another page which is similar -yet without the contextual depth i was just reading. That is to say, the Network IT personnel has substituted my page ‘rank’ (of one supposes: ‘need to know’) by a level of my seemingly seriousness to get to the background story, et al.

    -This has been for me a newer version of the internet…controlled by immediate updates of people going onto ‘open’ sites and invariably being accredited (or discredited from) information a person would’ve likely become well informed by as a topic or such.

    -One time on a UK news site -well known- I watched a story entirely disappear from the front page columns…as I was reading something else and in trying to reload the page, found that the article was not available any longer: Why? perhaps because I was an overseas interested party to another country’s woes or perhaps simply because at that precise moment I was officially able to see the power of framing news reports and reporting, vis a vis, the world at large.

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