As readers and writers sit in the same position participating in different tasks, are their minds flowing on the same level? Since we have adapted writing for audiences, many writers began taking creative, complicated thoughts out of articles and journals to keep them appealing to broad audiences. If something we read is complicated, have we become immune to it, skip over it, and continue on to the next part that we understand?
In some of my classes, we hear “Did you look this up? Did anyone look to see what this word means? or What the significance of this place is?…” and nobody raises their hand. I feel that we are racing through readings and unconsciously allotting a certain brain power that we’re used to giving. Writers are, little by little, quitting this push of making us question in order to hold our attention.
Here’s what happens: we become impatient with novels and begin Sparknoting and even skimming Sparknotes, eff the classics, skim articles, understand a little here and there, get by with what we think is an appropriate understanding and be on our way. Is this how we are growing up? I feel that this isn’t how it has always been and not everyone in our generation is stuck in this phase. We may not even be half as bad as those younger than us that grew up fully emerged in technology. Think about this one: we are older than the internet. wa wa waaaa.