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A neologism to differentiate reading on paper and reading on a computer screen

Date Submitted: 25-Aug-2009
From: Dan Bloom
Subject: A neologism to differentiate reading on paper and reading on a computer screen
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Notice: Since reading on a paper surface is so very different, both mentally and emotionally, from reading on a screen, be it a computer screen or a Kindle screen or an iPhone screen, I wonder if it might be useful to come up with a new word for "reading on screens". Not just for the sake of coining a new word. But in order to help focus attention on the differences betweem paper reading and screen reading. And to study the differences, both in a scholarly way and maybe even with MRI brain scans and such to see which different regions of the brain light up with we read on paper compared to when we read on a screen? Any suggestions?

Such a word is NOT needed. But such a word MIGHT be useful. The new word should be short, one syllable is best, and ending with a ING form as well as being a verb, to _______.

I would love hear any and all feedback on this novel idea. And again, the differences between the two reading "events" -- on paper and on screens -- are not a priori better or worse, just different. So the new word should take this into account.

-Danny Bloom, non PHD wordsmith based in Taiwan not far from the E-Ink corporation that makes the E-Ink for the Kindle

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