Not dead yet:
The enduring import of the printed word

Katherine Watson, Coastline Distance Learning

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Not dead yet…
What is “dead”, generally & with respect to the printed word?
Who says what “dead” means & what is “dead”?
W...
Not dead? Not yet!
Four areas of life for the printed word
Reading
Learning
Communicating
Remembering

Katherine Watson, C...
Not dead yet! Reading helps…

… physiologically
…mentally/intellectually
… practically
Katherine Watson, Coastline Distanc...
Physiological benefits: Your brain on reading
Visual exercise
Imagination stimulation
Heightened connectivity

Katherine W...
Mental/intellectual benefits
Improved, more efficient information processing
Integrated, multiple modes of cognition
Impro...
Practical benefits of reading
• Improved navigability of our world
• Reduction of the “woolly”
• Reduction in criminality
...
Not dead yet! Learning through words in print
Mental/intellectual benefits
Practical benefits

Katherine Watson, Coastline...
Mental/intellectual learning benefits
Discernment/recognition of what “counts” in language/culture
Ways of thinking, worka...
Practical benefits of learning via words
Forced attentiveness to le mot juste
Ease of reading/understanding text v. multim...
Not dead yet: Communicating words
Physiological benefits
Mental/intellectual benefits
Cultural benefits

Katherine Watson,...
Physiological benefits of communicating
• Brains change productively via linguistic cues
• Words can (and do) change your ...
Mental/intellectual benefits
Engaging the brain’s central, peripheral processing units

Forced improvement of intellect
In...
Cultural benefits of communicating
Cultural transmission =“design feature” of human Language
Orality and literacy
Codes th...
Not dead yet: Remembering…
Benefits of doing it with words….
biological/neurological/mental/intellectual
social/cultural

...
Remembering: The mental side of it…
Temporal & functional memory changes via words
“The written word is the enemy of memor...
Remembering, culture, and print
The literacy thesis
“Books bind our understanding”
The “font finding” & remembering
Desire...
Not dead yet: Outliving…
Educators & words
Words & change
Dissonance & harmony
Video killed the radio star?

Katherine Wat...
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  1. 1. Not dead yet: The enduring import of the printed word Katherine Watson, Coastline Distance Learning 1
  2. 2. Not dead yet… What is “dead”, generally & with respect to the printed word? Who says what “dead” means & what is “dead”? When is “death” supposed to occur, or has it occurred? How is death occurring & how will we know when the process is over? Why might it happen/be happening & why should anyone care? “Where is it written?” Katherine Watson, Coastline Distance Learning 2
  3. 3. Not dead? Not yet! Four areas of life for the printed word Reading Learning Communicating Remembering Katherine Watson, Coastline Distance Learning 3
  4. 4. Not dead yet! Reading helps… … physiologically …mentally/intellectually … practically Katherine Watson, Coastline Distance Learning 4
  5. 5. Physiological benefits: Your brain on reading Visual exercise Imagination stimulation Heightened connectivity Katherine Watson, Coastline Distance Learning 5
  6. 6. Mental/intellectual benefits Improved, more efficient information processing Integrated, multiple modes of cognition Improved analytical skills, understanding Katherine Watson, Coastline Distance Learning 6
  7. 7. Practical benefits of reading • Improved navigability of our world • Reduction of the “woolly” • Reduction in criminality • Improved job prospects Katherine Watson, Coastline Distance Learning 7
  8. 8. Not dead yet! Learning through words in print Mental/intellectual benefits Practical benefits Katherine Watson, Coastline Distance Learning 8
  9. 9. Mental/intellectual learning benefits Discernment/recognition of what “counts” in language/culture Ways of thinking, workable modes of self-expression Ways of imagining Katherine Watson, Coastline Distance Learning 9
  10. 10. Practical benefits of learning via words Forced attentiveness to le mot juste Ease of reading/understanding text v. multimedia Katherine Watson, Coastline Distance Learning 10
  11. 11. Not dead yet: Communicating words Physiological benefits Mental/intellectual benefits Cultural benefits Katherine Watson, Coastline Distance Learning 11
  12. 12. Physiological benefits of communicating • Brains change productively via linguistic cues • Words can (and do) change your brain! • Written words can change you Katherine Watson, Coastline Distance Learning 12
  13. 13. Mental/intellectual benefits Engaging the brain’s central, peripheral processing units Forced improvement of intellect Increased precision of thought Katherine Watson, Coastline Distance Learning 13
  14. 14. Cultural benefits of communicating Cultural transmission =“design feature” of human Language Orality and literacy Codes that “count” Veracity Katherine Watson, Coastline Distance Learning 14
  15. 15. Not dead yet: Remembering… Benefits of doing it with words…. biological/neurological/mental/intellectual social/cultural Katherine Watson, Coastline Distance Learning 15
  16. 16. Remembering: The mental side of it… Temporal & functional memory changes via words “The written word is the enemy of memory”? Not! “Mental landscape”, “topography”, etc. The role of “graphicacy” Katherine Watson, Coastline Distance Learning 16
  17. 17. Remembering, culture, and print The literacy thesis “Books bind our understanding” The “font finding” & remembering Desire to recall the “true” Katherine Watson, Coastline Distance Learning 17
  18. 18. Not dead yet: Outliving… Educators & words Words & change Dissonance & harmony Video killed the radio star? Katherine Watson, Coastline Distance Learning 18

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