Will e-readers make us lazy readers?
Submitted by tiny.e on September 10, 2010 - 5:02pm
Jonah Lehrer has an interesting <a href="http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/09/the-future-of-reading-2/">take</a> on e-readers and the possible neurological influence of developing technologies on how we read: <blockquote>The second reading pathway – it’s known as the dorsal stream – is turned on whenever we’re forced to pay conscious attention to a sentence, perhaps because of an obscure word, or an awkward subclause, or bad handwriting. ... Sooner or later, every medium starts to influence the message. I worry that, before long, we’ll become so used to the mindless clarity of e-ink – to these screens that keep on getting better – that the technology will feedback onto the content, making us less willing to endure harder texts. We’ll forget what it’s like to flex those dorsal muscles, to consciously decipher a literate clause. And that would be a shame, because not every sentence should be easy to read.</blockquote>