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Digital Production

I agree with Claire’s comment on our wholesale reaction to the relationship between the digital and the text. Since Claire has already tackled what the digital does to the text in terms of our reading experiences, I’d like to focus … Continue reading

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What does the digital do? It makes literate machines.

In considering the question of what does the “digital” do to the “text”, Birkerts has a very particular response. The digital negatively impacts the interpretative and contemplative aspects of reading. I have an issue with this answer that goes beyond … Continue reading

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The Digitization of Texts

While I do agree with Claire on some points, it seems to me that Birkerts is resisting rather than engaging with a change that is inevitable. His views on youth are one-sided and verging on ageist. In particular, his comment … Continue reading

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Digital Psychology?

Reading through Laura and Olivia’s critiques of Sven Birkerts’s article in The American Scholar, I found myself agreeing with their criticisms and yet unable to let go of the way that I felt moved by his description of reading practices. … Continue reading

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Can we focus on the words?

Similar to Olivia I found Sven Birkert’s reflections on reading and the digital to be flawed. One passage that I was drawn to in particular details the ways in which a novel affects the reader’s everyday life: “While I am … Continue reading

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How Different are Digital and Print Reading Environments?

For this week’s class we read Sven Birkerts’ “Reading in a Digital Age” about the relationship between novels and the Internet. What started off as an intriguing article quickly became overly concerned with unnecessary analogies and seemingly irrelevant concerns with … Continue reading

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What does ‘the digital’ do to ‘the text’? It leaves me feeling used

In loose dialogue with the following: Julie’s post on politics and power, Sven Birkerts in ‘Reading in a Digital Age’ and my own anxieties and passions, towards words – digital and on paper. As readers of a traditional paper volumes, … Continue reading

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