mcmorgan + reading   42

RSS is undead
Reasons to love RSS: no branding, no user analytics, no ads, user rather than provider curation. Content.
socialpractices  reading  marketing  rss 
april 2018 by mcmorgan
Annotated Bibliography on Digital Reading | University of California - Berkeley
"annotated bibliography of articles, studies, surveys, and blog posts centered in various ways on the question of how people engage with digital texts " Some are solid, some are potboiler complaints. Range is from pop press to academic work
DH  reading  digital_literacy  attention_economy 
april 2017 by mcmorgan
How the Internet changed the way we read
Er, tl;dr. No evidence, nothing new. So read 'em and weep.
reading  literacy  attention_economy 
january 2016 by mcmorgan
Fitzpatrick - The Pleasure of the Blog: The Early Novel, the Serial, and the Narrative Archive
Argues that the blog might be well thought of as the early novel, both in form and in how it works subject positions. It's been under-theorized at any rate. This position complicates notions of authenticity and mediate relation of blog posts to blogger. "All blogs, for Himmer, are in some sense literary, because of the nature of their readers’ interactions with them. ... Such a claim begins to suggest that the reasons we read blogs may be slightly different than we have often imagined; through this understanding, blogs offer not simply a voyeuristic peek into someone else’s life — though, obviously, that numbers among their pleasures, too — but they also offer a form of writing that engages the reader by requiring her not simply to consume the content presented but also, in some sense, to produce that content, to complete what is present through a knowledge of what is past, an exploration of the ways that that present is situated, and a commitment to return in the future."
blogging  narrative  identity  genre  reading  #en3177  DH 
december 2015 by mcmorgan
In Defense of Links, Part One: Nick Carr, hypertext and delinkification — Wordyard
Critique of Carr's assertion about links as distraction. "Links, like words, need to be used judiciously." First part of three posts on significance of links. Followed in 2015 by his Failed Promise of Deep Links.
hypertext  reading  web  links  fedwiki  linking 
may 2015 by mcmorgan
Reading to Have Read
If you’re a person who reads, you may have read about Spritz, a startup that hopes to “reimagine” reading. Like most tech startups, reimagining entails making more efficient. Spritz promises to speed…
content_strategy  reading  speed_reading  attention_economy 
april 2015 by mcmorgan
The Late Age of Print
Description and OV. No longer available by open access, but I have a PDF
DH  books  reading  pubishing 
april 2014 by mcmorgan
Hyperrhiz.06: Essays: A Four-Sided Model for Reading Hypertext Fiction
Four modes of reading are identified and described. These are semantization, exploration, self-reflection and absorption. These modes arise as the reader interacts with textual elements and utilises contextual features. Through the article the modes of reading will be discussed in relation to similar established concepts, such as the four approaches to playing MUDs identified by Richard Bartle (1996), and different attitudes of reading print literature represented in Wolfgang Iser's theory on "die Appellstruktur der Texte" (Iser 1974, 1978), or what he later in his text game theory calls "text game structures" (Iser 1989; 1993).
DH  hypertext  WCW  reading  digitallierature  digitalliteracy 
march 2014 by mcmorgan
The Digital World Demands a New Mode of Reading - Academic Workplace 2012 - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Sweet bit of short-fluf to start a discussion in FYC or among the lit majors who enjoy their paper Harry Potter and side-step 19th century syntax.
reading  fyc 
august 2012 by mcmorgan
How We Will Read: Clay Shirky
Interview with Shirky on social reading, which point to the how people use what they read. A few side remarks on publishing:"Publishing is going away. Because the word “publishing” means a cadre of professionals who are taking on the incredible difficulty and complexity and expense of making something public. That’s not a job anymore. That’s a button. There’s a button that says “publish,” and when you press it, it’s done."
DigitalHumanities  reading  publishing  publishing2.0  digitalpublishing 
april 2012 by mcmorgan
Less Text, Please: Contemporary Reading Behaviors and Short Formats | I'd Rather Be Writing
Mid-length consideration from a tech writer on short form text reading. Reviews some of the more recent arguments, and tries to set a lower limit on brevity. with "The same people who clipped back my copious callouts into a few marketing bubbles would have also pruned this post from 2,000 words to 200. Would that make the text more valuable? Just as there’s a balance between simplicity and obscurity, there’s a balance between length and learning. More people might read a short text, but a longer text yields more learning. Is there no pleasure in learning anymore?" Tends to skip over the Clive Thompson notion that he mentions: "The torrent of short-form thinking is actually a catalyst for more long-form meditation."
techwriting  reading  shortform  brevity 
january 2011 by mcmorgan
if:book: what i've learned since posting a proposal for a taxonomy of social reading
Author considers revision of first draft of a taxonomy. An illustration of how scholars work socially.
reading  writing  socialreading  drafting  ple 
january 2011 by mcmorgan
Fortune favors the bold and the italicized
A little upset here on the visual side: designing texts for difficult reading: "disfluency – the subjective experience of difficulty associated with cognitive operations – leads to deeper processing ... Study 1 found that information in hard-to-read fonts was better remembered than easier to read information in a controlled laboratory setting. Study 2 extended this finding to high school classrooms. The results suggest that superficial changes to learning materials could yield significant improvements in educational outcomes."
reading  vizualization  visualdesign  design 
january 2011 by mcmorgan
Reading in the Digital Age, or, Reading How We’ve Always Read | Booksquare
Some interesting consideration of how to move the act of once-considered-private reading (annotations, notes, synopses, summaries, responses, discussions) into an online social environment. Ties to aggregate and remix in Downes's frame of a MOOC. Might be good to ease readers into PLE frames and repurposing.
reading  social_practices  weblogs  en3177  ple  mooc 
december 2010 by mcmorgan
if:book: the truth is in the back and forth
A complete history of the Wikipedia article on the Iraq War (the second one) in XII volumes, printed. We *so* need a semiotics of writing. "Four years later, we don't yet have the tools that would let people read Wikipedia articles in "a new way" but hopefully Bridle's very impressive experiment with this one article will spur efforts to develop new tools for reading online works which are constantly being changed and edited."
wikipedia  collaborativewriting  history  socialpractices  reading 
september 2010 by mcmorgan
iPad and Kindle Reading Speeds (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)
Reading on a device is 10% slowed and less satisfying. compresension not measured.
reading  usability  ereader  ipad 
july 2010 by mcmorgan
if:book: slow reading
"slow viewing of a movie – Werner Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God. " S/Z comes to the movie screen. Hadn't thought of how well DVD and random access support this kind of viewing - but that's because I don't teach film.
reading  slow_reading  analysis  film  semiotics 
april 2010 by mcmorgan
To Scroll or Not to Scroll
Readers using scrolling material had lower recall of information. More study necessary.
scrolling  reading  fyc 
march 2010 by mcmorgan
if:book: reading vs writing
a response to Ted Genoways "The Death of Fiction?""We could buy books directly from authors whenever possible so that they're getting a more just cut. We need to re-conceptualize how we think about exchange and consumption. "
publishing2.0  literature  reading  freelancing 
january 2010 by mcmorgan
if:book: when we get what we want
End of year, communal reading of FW, social media.
reading  socialmedia  en3177  books  FW 
december 2009 by mcmorgan
if:book: a clean well-lighted place for books
"The purpose of this new set of notes is to expand the thinking beyond how a specific text is presented or interacted with. Reading (and writing) do not happen only at the level of the individual work. There is a broad ecology of behaviors, activities and micro-environments that surround each work and our relationship to it -- how things come to be written, how we choose what to read, how we make the purchase, how we share our experience with others. Currently (i.e. toward the end of age of print), that ecology is defined by agent/editor mechanisms of acquisition, sharp delineation between authors and readers, top-down marketing, heavy reliance on big mainstream media to get the word out, the bookshelves that make our books part of our daily life, bookstores and -- yes -- Amazon."
books  ebook  publishing  reading  marketing  ebooks  library2.0 
september 2009 by mcmorgan
Kindle and the future of reading : The New Yorker
From ordering to unboxing to reading. I saved the article to Instapaper so I can read it later, in leisure, on my iPhone.

"I squeezed no new joy from these great books, though. The Gluyas Williams drawings were gone from the Benchley, and even the wasp passage in “Do Insects Think?” just wasn’t the same in Kindle gray. I did an experiment. I found the Common Reader reprint edition of “Love Conquers All” and read the very same wasp passage. I laughed: ha-ha. Then I went back to the Kindle 2 and read the wasp passage again. No laugh. Of course, by then I’d read the passage three times, and it wasn’t that funny anymore. But the point is that it wasn’t funny the first time I came to it, when it was enscreened on the Kindle. Monotype Caecilia was grim and Calvinist; it had a way of reducing everything to arbitrary heaps of words."
Kindle  reading  ebooks  books  design  culture  usability  iPhone 
august 2009 by mcmorgan
How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live -- Printout -- TIME
ambient awareness. An ok entry article for FYC students. Deals with live twittering as a fundamental move / difference: "Put those three elements together — social networks, live searching and link-sharing — and you have a cocktail that poses what may amount to the most interesting alternative to Google's near monopoly in searching. " Follow up with students twittering a class session for another group of students who aren't attending.
twitter  FYC  reading  CWI  literacy 
june 2009 by mcmorgan
if:book: will the real iPod for reading stand up now please?
"And the Web is full of belles lettres. Now and then in my wanderings around the Web, I come across something and think 'That's a really important essay'. And I worry about the ability of the Web to take care of it for me: link rot always sets in eventually, Wayback Machine or no. I can't print it all out. So how do I keep such articles? I would welcome a device designed for downloading and archiving essays I think are important, a virtual library device for the belles lettres of today."
reading  Kindle  ereaders  ebooks 
april 2009 by mcmorgan
design and dasein: heidegger against the birkerts argument
"the most tendentious part of Birkerts's argument has little to do with the Kindle or context. It's that he believes humanity would wittingly adopt deficient tools at the expense of effective ones. This fundamental cynicism is, to a point, understandable; much of marketing and advertising, after all, devotes itself to convincing us that what's new is necessarily superior ... But Birkerts underestimates, I think, the functional and aesthetic requisites of an average reader. If Heidegger is right, then the catastrophic, decontextualized info-culture of Birkerts's imagination is patently absurd -- readers won't, in the short- or long-term, shutter our libraries just because some novel, convenient alternative has asserted itself.
books  reading  Kindle  ebooks  design  newliteracy  Birkerts 
april 2009 by mcmorgan
Birkerts - Resisting the Kindle - The Atlantic (March 2, 2009)
I see in the turning of literal pages—pages bound in literal books—a compelling larger value, and perceive in the move away from the book a move away from a certain kind of cultural understanding, one that I’m not confident that we are replacing, never mind improving upon.
books  reading  newmedia  newliteracy  Kindle  Birkerts  ebook 
april 2009 by mcmorgan
Annie Mole on if:book and reading underground
Annie sums up her observations of reading in motion.
en3177  ebook  erhetoric  reading 
december 2008 by mcmorgan
RSS Feeds, Community, Publishers, and Revisions - Shyftr Blog
Over the past few days, much discussion has occurred regarding the nature of Shyftr and its service.
rss  reading  socialnetworking 
april 2008 by mcmorgan

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