What sort of news do people most want to share?

The New York Times analyzed which of their articles were most likely to be forwarded to others. The results? If it’s positive, in-depth, and awe-inspiring, people want to share the good news.

So it’s only appropriate that I share the good news about inspirational, awe-inspiring, in-depth information: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/09/science/09tier.html?hpw

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  1. danny bloom

    Nancy thanks for your note at my zippy1300 blog. re

    ”I’m curious about the evidence that we use our brains differently to read from a page rather than a screen–where did you find this info? I ask because my son, like many people, has visual processing disorder and I’d like him to do more reading on screen where he can control contrast and typeface size (large-print books are few and far between). Also, what do you see as the problem with using a different part of the brain to read on screen? Are we underutilizing a part of the brain involved in another important skill?”

    I will post on your blog too and feel free to email me at danbloom AT gmail anytime offline. Sure.

    Here are my responses to your good note in CAP LETTERS:

    I’m curious about the evidence that we use our brains differently to read from a page rather than a screen — where did you find this info? AT THE MOMENT, IT IS JUST A HUNCH ON MY PART AND I MAY TURN OUT TO BE WRONG. HOWEVER, SOME TOP RESEARCHERS IN BRAIN SCAN STUDIES TELL ME I MIGHT BE RIGHT. BUT THE JURY IS STILL OUT AND MOST OF ALL NANCY I AM AN AMATEUR DREAMER NOT A PHD WITH CREDENTIALS. SO TAKE EVERYTHING I SAY WITH THAT IN MIND. THAT SAID, I BELIEVE MY HUNCH IS CORRECT. TIME WILL TELL….

    I ask because my son, like many people, has visual processing disorder and I’d like him to do more reading on screen where he can control contrast and typeface size (large-print books are few and far between). IN THIS CASE, I AM THE WRONG PERSON TO ASK SINCE I AM NOT A MEDICAL DOCTOR OR A PHD……. BUT YOUR POINT IS A GOOD ONE. THAT MIGTH BE GOOD FOR HIM. GOOD POINT.

    Also, what do you see as the problem with using a different part of the brain to read on screen? MY HUNCH IS THAT WE DONT PROCESS THE INFO AS DEEPLY ON SCREENS VS ON PAPER. BUT WE NEED MORE RESEARCH AND MORE BRAIN SCAN STUDIES WITH MRI MACHINES.

    Are we underutilizing a part of the brain involved in another important skill? I DON”T KNOW. I FEEL SCREEN READING IS USEFUL AND GOOD AND CONVENIENT AND COOL, I READ ONLINE ALL DAY 24/7 FOR EMAILS AND BLOGS AND STUFF, BUT FOR REAL DEEP IDEA READING, I NEED TO PRINT THINGS OUT AND READ THEM ON PAPER. AND I PREFER THE PRINT NEWSPAPER TO THE DIGITAL ONE FOR THE SAME REASON. I CALL SCREEN REAIDNG AS SCREENING, a new word I coined for this, and screening is not a priori better or worse than reading on paper, just different.

    Let’s see what the PHD studies show in the next 10 years. Some people to google on this are William Powers, Nicholson Baker, Nicholas Carr, Anne Mangen, Maryanne Wolf, Edward Tenner, Charles Bigelow, Kevin Kelly, Bill Hill, and Alex Beam.

    just my two cents.

    danny bloom
    Tufts 1971

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