This article was recently posted on the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Facebook Page: Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say. It is interesting that I had just seen this Alphabet of the Obsolete which mentions several print media including (D) dictionaries, (E) encyclopedias, (N) newspapers and (Y) yellow pages. As a computer scientist I had never worried too much about obsolescence, taking the attitude more of “Good riddance!” But what if screen reading is robbing us of the comprehension we used to have when we read a print resource? Now that is something to think about, rather than dismiss criticisms of digital media as unfounded Luddite worries. On a related note, here is a TED talk about Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings and his trivia battle with IBM”s Watson Computer, “Ken Jennings: Watson, Jeopardy and me, the obsolete know-it-all“
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