Robot Readers

A post on Alex Reid’s blog, “Digital Digs,” robot graders, new aesthetic, and the end of the close reading industry, observes, “I think the “close reading” model that dominates English . . . is ultimately linked with computerized grading and industrial modes of attention. That is not to suggest that in the future we will not need to pay close attention to things. However it is an error to conflate paying attention with the specific industrial modes of attention that dominated the last century.” If pre-industrial attention was manifested in its modes of reading (such as lectio divina) and industrial attention was manifested in close reading, what modes of reading belong to our current age and attention?

About Jennifer Summit

I am a professor of English at Stanford University. My research interests generally focus on the medieval and early modern periods, but I've become increasingly interested in how we might use some of the methodologies and questions that have been generated by the academic subfields of the history of reading and the book to understand the uses of literacy today.
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