Dean Andrew Dillon is featured in a Texas Standard interview on deep reading.
“Where once we were engaged with full multi-paged documents, we’re now increasingly occupied and spending time with short-form, few paragraph-long articles from which we flip from one to the other very, very quickly,” he says.
“All new technologies come with a certain element of doom-gloom and the end of civilization associated with it,” Dillon admits.
“There are many wonders of the digital environment, not least the ability to retrieve and locate and target specific information at a speed which would be just incalculable if you were to do it on paper.”
“I think there’s a more subtle danger,” Dillon says. “The information that we share and create with each other tends now to be … shaped by and for the digital media.”