Periodical Essay Story
A pathologist who has long been on the faculty of the University of Michigan Medical School, Friedman elaborated on his comment in a telephone conversation with me. Even a blog post of more than three or four paragraphs is too much to absorb. And we still await the long-term neurological and psychological experiments that will provide a definitive picture of how Internet use affects cognition.
The advantages of having immediate access to such an incredibly rich store of information are many, and they’ve been widely described and duly applauded.As part of the five-year research program, the scholars examined computer logs documenting the behavior of visitors to two popular research sites, one operated by the British Library and one by a U. educational consortium, that provide access to journal articles, e-books, and other sources of written information.They found that people using the sites exhibited “a form of skimming activity,” hopping from one source to another and rarely returning to any source they’d already visited.I leaned against the wall, hip touching the piano’s back beam, watching David play. The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle. For more than a decade now, I’ve been spending a lot of time online, searching and surfing and sometimes adding to the great databases of the Internet. Research that once required days in the stacks or periodical rooms of libraries can now be done in minutes.BEN SHATTUCK I pushed through the crowd, towards the music. The smell of soap, beer, and smoke filled the room. “We are not only what we read,” says Maryanne Wolf, a developmental psychologist at Tufts University and the author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain.“We are how we read.” Wolf worries that the style of reading promoted by the Net, a style that puts “efficiency” and “immediacy” above all else, may be weakening our capacity for the kind of deep reading that emerged when an earlier technology, the printing press, made long and complex works of prose commonplace.They typically read no more than one or two pages of an article or book before they would “bounce” out to another site.Sometimes they’d save a long article, but there’s no evidence that they ever went back and actually read it.