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Binge Media Culture Finds a Receptive Audience in Americans -
“With the things that get us to really crave the news, the tenor of the story tends to have a negative impact on the way we see the world more generally,” he said, referring to the controversial and scandalous subjects that draw in chronic readers and viewers. “We become more cynical.” Does he regard his own bingeing on these topics as escapist? + + “Absolutely,” he said. “You forget about your life for 30 minutes while you read about Chris Christie’s implosion.” Joshua Ferris’s forthcoming novel, “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour,” is about “the obsessive-compulsive nature of your own personality emerging through these platforms, and disliking the person who is taking advantage of them,” he said. Mr. Ferris, 39, confessed to bingeing on news, TV and YouTube videos, though he recently took a six-month purgative sabbatical.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Dortmund-Bayern: Pep Guardiola gewinnt Duell mit Klopp - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Münchens Trainer brachte Mario Götze für Mario Mandzukic und damit einen ballsicheren Offensivspieler, der sich von gegnerischem Pressing nicht beeindrucken lässt. Götze positionierte sich tiefer als Mandzukic und sorgte dadurch nicht nur für Überzahl im Zentrum, sondern erhöhte das spielerische Potential. Die Änderungen sollten sich auszahlen. [...] Diese und viele weitere kleinere Veränderungen Guardiolas brachten Bayern den Sieg. Das ist eine seiner größten Stärken: das Coaching während der 90 Minuten. Wie er auf Stärken des Gegners und Schwächen der eigenen Elf reagiert, ist außergewöhnlich. [...] [...] Flexibilität ist das zentrale Motiv der Arbeit von Münchens Trainer Guardiola. [...]
Soccer  Bundesliga  Pep  Guardiola  Sport  Coaching  Reading  a  Game  Excellence  Jürgen  Klopp  flexibility  fcbayern  Bayern  Munich  FC  Bayern  München 
november 2013 by asterisk2a
Free online speed reading software |

Several factors affect our reading speed, like subvocalization (the little voice inside our heads that reads along with us and slows us down), backtracing (rereading parts over and over again), etc. The purpose behind apps like these is to train our minds to get rid of all the other crap. So, by having a steady input of text, we erase our dependency on backtracing. By increasing the reading speed, subvocalization can't keep up and eventually goes away... we don't need to subvocalize to process information, as much as we may think we do.
lifehacker  tools  lifehacks  learning  reading  productivity  speedreading 
october 2012 by asterisk2a
Dear Authors, Your Next Book Should be an App, Not an iBook
Carr, in some senses, is right. Reading has changed. What’s not addressed is why this is a bad thing. Carr’s argument is rooted in a distinction between serious readers and non-serious readers. His example involves someone reading only a few paragraphs of a nytimes article, then posting it on Twitter. Carr defines this reading as, “reading in the way that rubbing against women on the subway is sex.”

His example is vivid but also flat out perverse. Carr is confusing length with quality, and more profoundly, he’s confusing the ends with the means.

The mission of an author isn’t to get you to ‘read all the words’, it’s to communicate in the rawest sense of the word. Whether you’re Jeff Jarvis or Dan Brown, you have an idea or a story and a book is a way to express it to the world.
iphone  iPad  nytimes  reading  ebook  publishing  publishing2.0  books  apps  culture  internet 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
NSFW: I Admit It, The iPad Is A Kindle Killer. I Just Wish It Weren’t Going To Kill Reading Too
And at that point the iPad will indeed have killed the Kindle. But, for millions of casual readers, it will also have killed something far more valuable: the experience of reading for pleasure.
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april 2010 by asterisk2a

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