Print, or PC? Clive Thompson, in chapter one of Smarter Than You Think, “The Rise of the Centaurs,” notes the implications of choices we inevitably face when encountering advanced technology in higher seminaries of learning like Clemson, and emphasizes the importance of introspection in the process. Thompson tells readers that “paying attention to your own attention” (14) is a must when deciding whether, for example, to accomplish long reading assignments on a computer carrying elevated distractions, or to read it in paper form without the helpful tools of technology.
Citing the hoopla around neuroscience as a way to study the brain’s workings during various tasks, Thompson advises people to step back from a field still in its elementary stages and instead simply study your own brain, to an extent, in order to be “mindful” of the scenarios in which it is and is not best to use the wealth of digital tools currently offered.
Coming from a person who can revert from intensive focus on a reading assignment to mindlessly scrolling Twitter at a moment’s notice, Thompson personally spoke to me with his spotlight on remaining mindful of the technological reading methods we use today.