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I have forgotten how to read

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Reading in the digital age

Online life makes us into a new kind of reader: Our attention fractures. Online reading is about clicks, and comments, and points. 

The opposite of the traditional reading experience, with lineal structure, that demands our full attention.

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Cynical Readers

We have become cynical readers – we read in the disjointed, goal-oriented way that online life encourages & we stop exercising our attention. 

We read just as much if not more. We live in a text-gorged society in which the most fleeting thought is a thumb-dash away from poster...

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We are primed for distractions

One famous study found humans would rather give themselves electric shocks than sitting alone with their thoughts for 10 minutes.

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Books as a marketing platform

A book is really just a reverse-engineered TED Talk. It's a platform that lets you do a speaking tour.

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