Sunday, June 20, 2010

Unboxed - Yes, People Still Read, but Now It’s Social -

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    • “THE point of books is to combat loneliness,” David Foster Wallace observes near the beginning of “Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself,” David Lipsky’s recently published, book-length interview with him.
    • other readers have highlighted the passage on their Kindles, making it one of the more “popular” passages in the book.


    • Thanks to e-mail, Twitter and the blogosphere, I regularly exchange information with hundreds of people in a single day: scheduling meetings, sharing political gossip, trading edits on a book chapter, planning a family vacation, reading tech punditry. How many of those exchanges could happen were I limited exclusively to the technologies of the phone, the post office and the face-to-face meeting? I suspect that the number would be a small fraction of my current rate.
    • high-level thinking when the culture migrates from the page to the screen.
    • Mr. Carr’s original essay, published in The Atlantic — along with Clay Shirky’s more optimistic account, which led to the book “Cognitive Surplus
    • The intellectual tools for assessing the media, once the province of academics and professional critics, are now far more accessible to the masses.
    • The question is not whether our brains are being changed. (Of course new experiences change your brain — that’s what experience is, on some basic level.) The question is whether the rewards of the change are worth the liabilities.
    • Quiet contemplation has led to its fair share of important thoughts. But it cannot be denied that good ideas also emerge in networks.

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