Reading on the Web: Take 2

A compelling piece from Guy Patrick Cunningham, encouraging writers to embrace fragmentary writing and adapt to changing reading habits, rather than hoping for a return to the days of long-form reading. The article has a brief history of short-form writing dating back to Kafka, than forwards the argument in favor of fragmentary writing:

It’s not that fragmentary writing is the only acceptable form of writing today — I have no intention of breaking this essay into tweets — but it is the form best suited to address the conundrum Carr is so concerned about in The Shallows. We all read online, and the rise of smartphones, tablets, and e-readers means we will be doing so even more. This means we will all be spending ever more time reading with a medium that encourages distracted, fragmented reading. Fragmentary writing — work that accumulates fragments of text and presents them in a way that encourages introspection and contemplation — seems like a logical response to that experience. And that makes me incredibly curious to see where people will take it.

From “Fragmentary Writing in a Digital Age” {the millions}.

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