Interesting column by Joan Silverman and blog item by Amy Gahran on Contentious Weblog about the loss of comprehension of reading online compared with the printed editions. Tip: Smart Mobs
Silverman writes: “When I canceled my subscription to the hard-copy edition of the newspaper, I never looked back — that is, until a recent morning. I opened my e-mail headlines from the daily paper and spotted a half-dozen stories of interest. As I looked at the articles, however, I found that several were fairly long. Suddenly I felt a sense of dread, as if reading had become a form of punishment.
“And there’s the rub. For anything beyond casual browsing or skimming, I think I may hate the computer.”
“Yes, I’m much more of a skimmer than I was a decade ago,” Gahran writes. Then concludes: “There is no shame in being a news skimmer, as long as you still know how to dive deep when it matters, and are willing to take that plunge.”