R U really reading?

The NY Times “Books” portal published an article last week looking at how literacy is changed by the Internet. Fascinating read, here’s the first: Literacy Debate: R U Really Reading?

The article manages to convey some angst related to the decreasing ability to “linearly focus and pay attention long enough” which is required for reading (books, not web pages). There is also an interesting article by Nick Carr “Is Google making us stupid?” in the Atlantic Mag. Carr is a self-confessed web-head praises the ability of the web to save time when doing research or finding information, but he also wonders aloud how the machine might be changing us:

“As we come to rely on computers to mediate our understanding of the world, it is our own intelligence that flattens into artificial intelligence.”

Found the link on Arndt’s blog on integrated information architecture – he published a book on that topic about 2 yrs ago where he develops web sites architecture from the metaphor concept. Unfortunately there is no English version of this title, unlike Lou Rosenfeld and Peter Morville’s classic on IA. Rosenfeld is currently writing a new book on “Search Analytics” which I am interested in as the basis for a new course in 2009 on “collective intelligence” derived from searching (free) web data.

As I am signing off the net for 3 weeks (!) I feel myself drawn to paper-based books again … no, I am not going to turn Kindle. I will not browse the web. I will turn pages and soak up content the traditional way…bliss. Have a good summer yourself! Read! Write! Draw! Dance! Make music!

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