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[ED] side note to velocity | 2 comments
[new] Reading, writing and attention (Avg. Score: none / Raters: 0) (#1)
by Aileen on Mon Feb 9th, 2004 at 09:19:45 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME
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Reading this, the first thing that came to my mind was the memory of when I first came to Linz, rather urgently in need of a way to earn money, and started working as a waitress. Since I was fortunate enough to work in a place frequented by interesting people, who liked to read interesting books during their lunch breaks, I was able to enjoy some fascinating conversations, because I always asked people what they were reading. Now, many years later, I am still in contact with some of those people (I'm even still married to one of them), so of course I think talking about books is important.
On second thought, though, I realize that a situation like that is unusual. Where else do people enjoy reading, and where else is it not impolite to interrupt them? As a waitress, I had to interrupt their reading anyway, when I brought something to the table, so it was a good time to talk. I would never interrupt someone reading on a train or an airplane, as I don't like to be interrupted myself, certainly not in a library.
What is the difference between reading on the Internet and writing on the Internet? I read a lot on the Internet, both because it is part of my job and because I enjoy it, but I don't feel a need to communicate about it that often (just as there are obviously many more people reading Discordia than posting here). If people write on the Internet because they want attention, whose attention do they want? Do they get the attention they want? How well does that actually work?

[ED] side note to velocity | 2 comments


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