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Reading Strategies for Coping with Information Overload ca. 1550-1700.

Reading Strategies for Coping with Information Overload ca. 1550-1700

A. Blair. 2003. Journal of the history of ideas 64:11-28.

Blair "examines the varieties of textual practices 'deployed by early modern scholars' in response to a perceived 'overabundance of books' during the period between 1500 and 1700, and she argues that historians have paid disproportionate attention to what she calls 'literary reading' and not enough to other modes of encountering and engaging textual materials ranging from browsing and skimming to buying and collecting to annotating, cutting and pasting, and dog-earing. For Blair these other modes of acting on texts are important in all historical moments, but in situations where readers feel themselves overwhelmed by information, they become all that much more crucial and telling."

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Title Annotation:Information Management
Author:Malone, Edward A.
Publication:Technical Communication
Date:Aug 1, 2004
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