In an article called 7 Unconventional Why You Absolutely Should Be Reading Books on The Huffington Post by Laura Schocker, she gives seven reasons why people should be reading books more. Her seven reasons are:
1. Reading can help your ability to ‘read’ others thoughts and feelings
2. Reading can chill you out.
3. It could keep your brain sharp.
4. It might even stave off Alzheimer’s disease.
5. Reading may help you sleep better.
6. Getting lost in a good book could even make you more empathetic.
7. Self-help books, on the other hand, can ease depression.
Now i don’t know about reading helping your ability to ‘read’ minds, but maybe ‘read’ other people’s feelings. I do however agree with the other six ways reading can help you. I love to read, and nothing feels better than sitting on the beach in the summer with a great book. It is the ultimate relaxing technique and always relieves my stress. I also agree with reading keeping your brain sharp. I have heard many people say that doing crosswords and word finds help you keep your brain sharp so I have no doubt that reading would do the same thing.
I feel like people aren’t reading as much as they used too, and in a poll done by HuffPost/YouGov poll they surveyed 1,000 US adults and found that 28% of them haven’t read a book in the past year! I found that crazy! Over 1/4 of people haven’t read a book in the past year, I feel this number would be even higher if more people were surveyed.
So lets make it a point to read more this year. Pick up a book and dive in!
I came across an article posted on twitter:
A TA at a college named, Rachel Cordasco, noticed that the students in her class would drift into another world when she began lecturing in an American Literature class. So she thought what could she do to make it more interesting? Music came to her mind. This to me is a brilliant idea. As a student in a literature class right now, i read through the list of pieces of literature she was discussing and about half of them were covered in my class this semester. I think i would have liked my class a lot more if it had been paired with music.
Cordasco incorporated a piece of music to go along with each piece of literature she was teaching. She used music from Jimmy Hendrix, Afro-American spiritual songs, work songs, songs of the Native Americans and American Political Marches and songs. Cordasco used the music for when the students entered and left the class. This made for a great starting point for the class to start and right off the bat added another dimension to the class discussion.
I would definitely use this method in my classroom. There are so many options on Youtube now to bring music to education! It is becoming so helpful in aiding in teaching and helping the students connect what they are learning to real life.
Everyday I use technology, both at home, for school, and at work. I work at CVS Pharmacy and we use computers to fill prescriptions everyday, we use technology to keep track of inventory. Many doctors don’t hand write out prescriptions anymore now they can be sent electronically to the pharmacy. In Chapter Two of J.D. Bolters book titled “Writing space: Computers, hyperlink, and the remediation of print”, mentions “In the past two decades, however, computers have been recognized not only as writing technologies, but as media for popular entertainment and expression, which we are using to refashion visual as well as verbal communication” (24). I couldn’t agree more with this idea, computers and new technologies like the tablet have taken over.
In chapter one “Introduction: Writing in the Late Age of Print” I really liked this quote, “Those who tell us that the computer will never replace the printed book point to the physical advantages: the book is portable, inexpensive, and easy to read, whereas the computer is hard to carry and expensive and needs a source of electricity” (8). As much as I still love reading a book, the tablet can do so much more and holds and infinite amount of knowledge. Sadly, I feel that books are already becoming obsolete.
“Working from such raw materials as rags, animal skins,or plants to produce a finished book certainly required considerable technical knowledge” (15). I am very interested in the history or writing and how it has transformed over time. How I am now about to type these words and have them magically appear on the screen before me. When writing papers for school I used to have to write everything out by hand before typing it up on my computer. But nowadays I simply start typing my ideas out and by the end I have a pretty decent paper.
We live in a world of change; nothing stays the same for too long. As things change, our needs change with them. While our needs are changing, we look for various means to satisfy them. J.D. Bolter’s articles not only demonstrate how writing evolved within itself, but how the human mind has improved as well, as the innovators grew aware of what needed to be improved and worked diligently to create a tool that would cease all concerns held by writers and provide them a utensil that would get the task done effectively, leaving them satisfied.
Bolter’s article entitled “Introduction: Writing in the Late Age Of Print” talks a little bit about replacing handwritten work with the printer. Sure, this invention is very convenient, in many areas; for me, it helps me keep my work and notes organized and neat. However, there are times when I enjoy doing things the old fashioned way. Personally, I tend to think more abstractly and openly when I am in the process of actually writing things out; I also found that I comprehend material better when I write it out. On the other hand, when I am sitting behind a computer typing my thoughts, I find I am easily distracted. Drawing from my own experiences, I do not think using the newer versions would have been beneficial in this case.
While most of the newer versions of today’s society serve their intended purposes, I do not think the previous versions should automatically be relegated as insignificant; because they most certainly are not. As Bolter states, “Just as late capitalism is still vigorous capitalism, so books and other materials in the late age of print are still common and enjoy considerable prestige, especially for humanities and some of the social sciences.” Although majority of time the newer technologies are preferred, we should not forget the times that the older models are preferred. In my opinion, we should give credit to the older technologies; because without the older versions there would not have been a starting point to build from to create the tools we use today.
Computerized technology has become one of the most common instruments used among people. While writing remains a vital element for communication, it is not the only vehicle for success or communication. In today’s society, the action of writing things out by hand, especially lengthy papers, is obsolete. Personally, I feel as though writing assignments out and then having to type them is too time consuming, I would rather just skip the hand writing step and go straight to typing. Typing not only saves time, but it is also more convenient. If a mistake is made, handwriting does not allow much flexibility, one mistake affects the entire sheet; whereas typing is more flexible, it allows a person to fix any mistake without having to start over.
In J.D. Bolter’s “Introduction: Writing in the Late Age of Print”,(pdf) he says, “Those who tell us that the computer will never replace the printed book point to the physical advantages: the book is portable, inexpensive, and easy to read, whereas the computer is hard to carry and expensive and needs a source of electricity.” Reading this made me laugh because we are see this happen right before our eye. There is still a demand for the printed book but it is slowly dwindling. I have an Ipad and a nook so when I read for fun I don’t go out and buy a book, I just download it. Computers are becoming more affordable and transportable. They are becoming lighter and more compact so that they can be carried around. Yes the need electricity but, they have long battery lifes and are easy to recharge. This quote just shows how much the world has changed in thirteen years since this was written.
In the article “Writing as a Technology”,(pdf) J.D. Bolter writes, “The technology of ancient writing is not only the papyrus, the ink, and the techniques of making book rolls; it is also the styles and genres of ancient writing and the social and political practices of ancient rhetoric.” I agree with this, because there are letters that are no longer in the alphabet, such as the thorn, and because the thorn was not world wide when the printing presses were made they didn’t have a thorn so they used a y. Writing technology of the past is not only actual things used to creating writing but also it is the actual language and writing itself.
“When in the history of writing a new technology appears, it may supplement an established technology or replace it. Papyrus was replaced in the Middle Ages by parchment and paper. In the late 19thand early 20th centuries, the typewriter replaced handwriting for business communications.” We are seeing this happen right before our eyes with computers and handwriting. We are using paper and pencil less and less and the computer more often. The only time I use paper and pencil is in class to take notes, but other than that everything I do is on the computer. I write all my papers starting on the computer and rarely do a first draft in a notebook. I predict that in the next ten to twenty years we will no longer have a use for pencils and pens at all.