The end of reading in the usa

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The slides for my 2011 SXSW session: see write up: http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/professor-uses-high-tech-tools-to-make-case-for-importance-of-reading

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The end of reading in the usa

  1. 1. the end<br />of reading<br />in the usa<br />#lemusgro<br />
  2. 2. can’t<br />get into it<br />
  3. 3. it’s<br />hard<br />
  4. 4. don’t<br />get it<br />
  5. 5. it’s<br />boring<br />
  6. 6. can’t <br />make anything <br />out of it<br />
  7. 7. can’t <br />follow it<br />
  8. 8. doesn’t<br />move me<br />
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  10. 10. draw a picture <br />#lemusgro<br />
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  18. 18. Our ordinary conceptual system, in terms of which we both think and act, is fundamentally metaphorical in nature.<br />        <br />George Lakoff and Mark Johnson<br /> Metaphors We Live By<br />
  19. 19. metaphors <br />we read by<br />
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  27. 27. reading = moving = body<br />
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  35. 35. despair<br />
  36. 36. school failure<br />
  37. 37. education = commodity<br />
  38. 38. know-what<br />vs.<br />know-how<br />
  39. 39. consumption<br />&<br />control<br />
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  42. 42. aesthetic experience<br />is not transferable<br />
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  44. 44. no one can read <br />a book for you<br />
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  46. 46. Marginalia <br />I am reading a book<br />The words are words I like <br />And in the empty frame <br />The page leaves me <br />I try to tell these words I like <br />I like them with the penciled words I write <br />But as soon as I write them there<br />The marriage is no good <br />And their children run outside<br />And not even my erasure <br />Can save them now<br />
  47. 47. You Ask Me<br /> <br />The other night in your bed with<br />the golden wash of the streetlight across us<br />you asked me how long we can last given<br />your divorce and mine will never leave us.<br />We meet after dark and your daughter asleep<br />and you ask hard questions and I think<br />brave and answer incompletely. Here<br />at my house I spend time alone unpacking<br />books, sweeping the sidewalk, folding laundry.<br />I wonder how it was decided that drying takes<br />longer than washing, healing than cutting,<br />leaving than wanting.<br />
  48. 48. oppression<br />
  49. 49. reading freedoms <br />
  50. 50. “imaginative rehearsals”<br />
  51. 51. cognitive embodiment <br />of individual liberty<br />

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