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The Follow-Up: Absorption Of Knowledge In The Computer Age

Feb 20, 2009, 09:01 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Tremell)

[ Thanks to Mike Golvach for this link. ]

"Generally, I will read every word on an Internet page if, and only if, I have a particular reason to. This is parallel to my reading habits offline. If I like an author's work or I find a book on a subject I find interesting, you can bet I'll read every single word in that book. Speed reading is fine for some (I guess), but it seems to contradict any sense of enjoyment. Soaking up lyrical prose at 50 pages a minute would be, probably, a really wonderful way to have an anxiety attack that would make Evelynn Wood proud ;) (OK, that confirms old geezer-- ed.)

"In much the same way (both online and offline), if I'm just looking for a particular nugget of information, I'm not sure what letter my eye-scan pattern creates, but I definitely skim. This is one point where I felt the article fell a bit short of exploring both sides of the issue. The assumption being that people read "everything" on the Internet the same way they read their Facebook pages doesn't necessarily hold water. It's certainly true in some situations."

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