I’ve had this blog post on my mind ever since I was writing my context book report, so I thought I would finally would write it.
As I stated in my book report Carr argues in The Shallows that our brains are changing and we can not longer concentrate for long periods of time.
Well, I realized while reading and writing my book report that the way I did it was like hyperlinked stages and maybe even demonstrates how I’m not able to concentrate for long periods of time, but in many ways it made writing the book report more enjoyable and memorable.
Theses are the places different places that I read and thought about the book and wrote the report:
1. Read book while traveling by bus to the Buda Hills for a day of solitary hiking.
2. Read book while siting in a secluded place in the Buda Hills after hiking in for a bit.
3. Thought a little bit about the book while hiking, but mostly enjoyed being in nature.
4. Read more of the book while siting under a tree. I had the song War by Kensington (a great video for gymnastics lovers) blaring in my mind while reading it, which was rather distracting.
5. Tried to read the book on the why home, but was too tired after getting lost in the woods.
6. A few days later read the book early in the morning on the way to go running in the rain.
7. Read some more on a random tram ride trying to get dry after running in the rain.
8. Lastly finished reading the book while riding the bus and then siting on Gellert Hill.
9. On the way home could not stop thinking about the book, so wrote rough draft of the report on my phone.
10. Finished writing the report on my computer at home.
As you can see from this list there was a lot of stopping and starting while reading the book, plus the distraction of having a song blaring in my mind. All the stopping and starting in some ways is like our brains hitting a hyperlink in a web page. Yet, I was able to write a mostly coherent report.
The one downside of being out while reading/writing is that I don’t have data on my phone, so I wasn’t able to check the assignment page on the course website and see that I needed to include more of the course content than what I did.