To Catch a Thief

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I was most interested in Lui’s work about online reading and the necessity of having a complex and detailed definition of that kind of reading. I suppose since there is so much more online than just reading that reading has mutated into something quite different than it was when we did our reading primarily in print. There were no hyperlinks, immediately accessible related reading, the ability to contribute and read comments, the ability to save and pass on the reading itself. The material text is extremely limited in what we can do with it. We can basically read it and write on it. Depending on our purpose with the text, that may be all we need to do with. A 20-page academic article is difficult to read on a screen, our ability to annotate it is limited and clunky if not impossible, and it’s not like you’re going to re-tweet the link, unless you have extremely like-minded friends who have time for that kind of thing. We don’t particularly like to print things out, either, because of cost, or the desire to be green, or the knowledge that’s one more pile of paper we have to juggle, carry around, store, and not lose. Neither medium seems particularly ideal, especially for longer, content-heavy pieces. There is difficulty with lighter reading as well online, especially those with a broader scope aimed at the average reader. These pieces are often poorly researched and hastily produced, we might find the tone engaging or the content interesting, and it encourages us to read it quickly, not ask questions, and disseminate it to our friends. Of course, there’s more to it than that, but the point is, really, that we need an consciousness that is aware and alert to how reading, writing, and our accessed to both changed when they went online. The part of Lui’s definition I found particularly helpful engages “the usage side of the continuum, specific topics of interest…...

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