Slow Movements in Digital Literature

Thesis: Digital literature as a medium has not caused our attention deficit. Rather, the slackening of our societal worth of taking information and thinking on it has diminished in value because we can move quickly from one space to another. However, the capability to move quickly from one task or reading to the next, does not mean that we should.

Who were we as readers?
Nicholas Carr: "Reading is an unnatural thing."
Plato: Writing will cause lapses of memory.
The Gutenberg Press: A democratization of texts, allows us to think for ourselves.

Who are we as digital literature readers?
Nicholas Carr: Reading online is too distracting; our neural circuitry is adapting to reading snippets of text, rather than to close-read a long text.
Question to answer: Are we the "antiquated devices" (Hammond) that digital literature is challenging?
My argument: It is an antiquated perspective to think that digital literature is the only responsibility for our shrinking attention span. We need to be more nuanced in this argument, as well as more broad to consider our society's role. Should we focus on our individual habits to form a slow-reading movement?

Where We Are
Print is still here!
John Miedema: Slow Reading Movement beginning to form, however it is still focused on print, and leaving out the issue of reading digital literature slowly.
Digital literature available now, as I have canvased it, does not provide us with a piece that argues for close-reading.
  • 88 Constellations for Wittgenstein, David Clark
  • First Draft of the Revolution, Emily Short and Liza Daly

We think we are good at multitasking.

Where We Need to Go
We could consider our decreased ability to close-read with societal pressures to be efficient, productive citizens.
We have a choice to adapt well to reading digital literature by fostering habits of close-reading while considering digital literature. We need to be conscious of these choices.
Slow digital literature work that highlight close-reading habits.