Course overview - CSUDH

Internet reading (and writing) Zen Skills: mindful reading Concepts: Internet reading is superficial, good writing requires mindful reading, the Internet and other modern media may be changing our brains This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. Where does this topic fit?

Internet concepts Applications Technology Implications Internet skills Application development Content creation (text) User skills How do people read on the Internet?

Quickly and superficially, starting in the upper left hand corner. Is this a fair description of the way you read online? How long do you typically spend reading a page before clicking away? Two chances to read instructions 1.

2. When you finish and submit the survey, you will see a thank-you screen with further instructions. Print that out to turn in along with the answers to the following questions: More careless reading From: Mail Delivery System Date: Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 10:48 AM Subject: Delivery Status Notification (Failure)

To: xxxxx The following message to was undeliverable. The reason for the problem: 5.1.0 - Unknown address error 552-'5.3.4 Message size exceeds fixed maximum message size' Final-Recipient: rfc822;[email protected] Action: failed Status: 5.0.0 (permanent failure) Remote-MTA: dns; [] Diagnostic-Code: smtp; 5.1.0 - Unknown address error 552-'5.3.4 Message size

exceeds fixed maximum message size' Do you see the problem? One more example A student wrote the following comment on a blog post: He hit the submit button without reading what he had written himself. How many errors can you find?

We all do it Larry, I guess you have seen that the new volume of Cuban in Transition (Vol. 21) is out and our articles look good there next to one another. I took the liberty of doing a post on my blog about our collaboration in DC and Miami last August with links to our papers and the video from DC. I also took the opportunity to (re)read your new paper. As I said before, I think we can easily prepare a joint paper

My lame reply: Did ASCE ever publish the conference proceedings? Good Internet writing is concise and to the point. Every word or sentence is there for a reason.

It is often conversational. It is often imperative. So Slow down and become a careful reader. Take a deep breath. Be mindful. Is this is your brain on MTV

Multi-tasking Hypertext Video games Multitasking is inefficient Do you think multitasking saves you time? Mobile reading (and writing) is sloppy

Zen and the art of Internet reading (and writing) Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written, Thoreau, Walden, 1854 The best way to go fast is to go slow, Chinese proverb Go slow now, go fast later, German proverb Summary

Self-study questions 1. When you read a magazine or newspaper article, do you read it all from start to finish? 2. Do you enjoy sitting for a long time and reading a book? 3. Do you interrupt what you are doing online to check email and messages. 4. How likely are you to follow a link in something you are reading and never return to the original? 5. Do you think information technology cell phones, computers, the Internet, etc. are changing your attention span or level of

patience? Resources Is Google making us stoopid? http:// nge-our.html New York Times series Your Brain on Computers: http://

uters/index.html Interview of Matt Richtel, author of the above series. Henry Thoreau at Walden pond: Topic module with more on reading and user interface research:

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