Cormac Eklof on Digital Reading

Maybe the decline of deep reading isn’t due to reading skill atrophy but to the need to develop a very different sort of skill, that of teaching yourself to focus your attention.

Nowhere has the digital versus analog debate raged so fiercely as in the realm of reading. And most, to this point, have gotten it wrong.

There are two reasons for that: first, we don't know enough. Any opinion that claims to have sufficient knowledge to pit analog against digital reading should probably be disregarded. Second, both sides of the argument tend to go all-in for one or the other side: either reading on an analog medium is better, or it isn't.

The truth, of course, is nuanced. And, not surprisingly, it has more to do with us than with the medium on which we read.

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