Traditional Reading?

Some of the articles that we have been reading in class tackle the question of how digital writing is changing the way people read and the way people think about print.  For people in the “digital generation,” working on a computer screen is second-nature; for our parents and grandparents, the change to the fast-paced world of internet and hypertext takes a little more concentration and work to understand.  This is because working on a screen and reading and writing in a non-traditional way takes some getting used to.  It is interesting to hear about the debates on whether or not printed books are in danger because to me, this seems ludicrous.

I enjoy having an actual book in my hand when I sit down to read, even if it is just a textbook.  I don’t like to stare at a computer screen for long amounts of time because my eyes start to hurt and it is difficult to keep track of where I am in the article, story, etc.  However, I can see how digital reading (reading on a computer) is more convenient.  In other words, digital reading allows people to leave one page and find out more on a different page (hypertext) which creates more flexibility.  It is convenient because they never have to leave their chair (or wherever they are) to find out more information.  They also do not have to get another book (dictionary, for example) to find out the meaning of a word or just to find out more information.  It also links more people together because millions of pages are viewed by millions of people every day.

We watched a video in class that discussed the idea of digital rhetoric and how the digital age is influencing authorship, text, and the printed word.  Something that I noticed in this video was that it was all text and background music.  There were no spoken words.  The viewer reads the text that appears on the screen.  This realization hit me when reading the chapter assigned in Urbanski’s book because traditional reading is changing.  Reading in the digital age incorporates reading blogs, reading on facebook, reading twitter, reading articles posted online, etc.  The list of digital reading does not include physical textbooks; therefore, it is important that educators and the general public educate themselves about digital rhetoric and what that means and how it is changing the world of reading.

Below is posted the link to the video I mentioned above:


One Response to “Traditional Reading?”

  1. Very interesting post — I like the way you note that reading is remediated in digital spaces — as Bolter would say.

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