Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Marshall McLuhan's "Reading Style"

I just came across this. If this is true, it explains a lot. It's easy to "read" five books a day, if you start on p. 69 and then just read the right-hand pages. You might find some "interesting quotes," but you are not making a serious attempt at understanding the material, even if you use index cards.

Actually, come to think of it, I should have read his books in precisely this way.[1]

1. See also Really?


Rodrigo said...

It's stupid method because based on the premise you are searching something interesting or useful. Contrary to the idea that reading should be an act of discovery, self discovery and changing concepts.

EMauro said...

I fully agree. I cannot imagine myself employing such method. Another "nice" approach would be reading just the caption of pictures and figures.