iPad infant video (adaptation to reading interfaces)
Play Again (trailer)

Frontline: “Rewiring Young Brains” | “Online, All the Time

Frontline: “Distracted by Everything” | On multitasking

Matt Richtel, “Attached to Technology and Paying a Price(NY Times; June 6, 2010)
Literacy Debate: Online R U Really Reading” (NY Times; July 27, 2008)
Times Topics: Your Brain on Computers

Cathy Davidson, lecture at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University (Februrary 28, 2012)

iPad and Kindle Reading Speeds

Distraction Span: Technologies of Productive Disruption (MediaCommons)

Trebor Scholz, “How to overcome continuous partial attention

Christine Huynh, “Reading and Writing in the Age of Distraction

William Bogard, “Distraction and Digital Culture” (CTheory; 2000)

Charlie Rose: A conversation with David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Franzen, and Mark Leyner (May 1996)
Bret Easton Ellis, How Digital Formats Are Changing Fiction Writing
Jonathan Franzen warns e-books are corroding values (The Guardian; January 30, 2012)

Julie Bosman, “Picture Books No Longer a Staple for Children” (NY Times; October 2010)

Readers & Bookshelves on Pinterest

Adam Gopnik, “How the Internet Gets Inside Us,” The New Yorker (February 14, 2011)

N. Katherine Hayles, “How We Think” (video of lecture at Georgia Tech; January 2009)

Small Demons

Science Daily: “Empathy: College Students Don’t Have as Much as They Used To, Study Finds” (May 29, 2010)

Short video about Jason Lewis exhibit, Vital to the General Public Welfare


2 thoughts on “Links

  1. Ok, I find myself frustrated and kind of saddened by the article linked above, “Picture Books No Longer a Staple for Children” by Julie Bosman. At the risk of sounding alarmist along with the article, it actually surprised me, to a degree. I would honestly have expected picture books to be selling as well as ever – they were so integral to my own early childhood that I can’t imagine growing up without them. And in an era where people seem to be reading less, you’d almost think they would want stories with fewer words and more pictures.

    Chapter books are all well and good for kids who have a basis in reading already, but it seems impossible to me to start a kid on more complex reading before a certain point. I get the argument that we’re “dumbing down” our kids, but the example in the photo affixed to this article shows a 14-month-old girl. Nobody is going to dispute the importance of reading to kids at any age, even and especially before they start school. So realistically, if we can accept that picture books can teach kids anything about reading or storytelling or comprehension, we should be more willing to use them as educational tools, at least for kids who can’t read yet.

    I accept picture books as works of art like any piece of literature. Are we really going to say that a picture book is any less helpful to a kid than, say, Flat Stanley? I read that book in elementary school and I hated it. By contrast, the books that got me the most interested in reading were the graphic novels I picked up in third and fourth and fifth grade, which seemed natural progressions from the picture books I started with. I mean, I learned a ton of vocabulary just reading Calvin and Hobbes.

    New-Age parents just don’t know when to quit. Sometimes it seems like they won’t be satisfied until all the kids are colorless, standardized little learning drones.

    1. I definitely agree with you, Jacob. I feel that having illustrated books for children allows for literacy to be established in both a textual and artistic form, which is very important for the development of visualizing much more complex works like chapter books.

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