Re: Writing, language, & consciousness

Ronald Kephart (rkephart@OSPREY.UNF.EDU)
Thu, 3 Oct 1996 16:42:15 -0400

In message <Pine.SOL.3.91.961003112858.4267A-100000@mcmail.CIS.McMaster.CA>
"Douglass Drozdow-St.Christian" writes:

> however, this all smacks too much of what my old philosophy teacher
> called debating the merits of an absurdity...i mean, i can't beleive,
> after a month of this puffery, that i actually responded to one of these
> posts...


Speaking for myself and probably most people on the List, we are glad you
responded. You called everyone's attention to the psycholinguistic model of
reading which regards the reading process as an INTERACTION between readers and
text and has nothing to do with the presence or absence of the text's author(s).
The interaction is very complex, and includes the sampling of data, hypothesis
formation, and hypothesis testing against further sampled data, all with the
goal of creating meaning. The more literate people are, the more efficient they
become at sampling the data, which translates into faster reading. (Look for
writings by Ken Goodman, among others, and if anyone wants more specific refs I
will be glad to supply them).

The idea that only reading/writing on the internet involves "interaction"
reflects, as you say, an outdated view of the reading process.

Ron Kephart
University of North Florida