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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio



Part 2

I am reading this article "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" Well, Kyle didn't like that term. People don't like to be called stupid.

  • Stupid which could mean silly, or showing a lack of intelligence, perception, or common sense, it could mean dazed, could be used to express anger, annoyance or frustration.

A lot of people do not like reading anyway. We have a problem in America of people desiring to read anyway. I understand by the time kids get into the fourth grade, their reading falls off.

Reading is one idea, reading comprehension is an entirely a new ballgame. Most people can read, but fewer can understand what they are reading. Word meaning from the context is another problem that many have. What was meant by what was written is a problem also. That is why we had to read the book Great Expectations. Google will give me the website that will give me the summary notes. here. So I don't have to think if I don't want to. Where was the Internet in 1960. Crying out loud!!! So maybe there is a problem.

What could happen with our reading on the Internet, we are reading in bite-sized, digestible chunks. Sort of like watching ESPN sports. I really don't like bite sized news. Of course my sister Ellen has never liked bite-sized blogs or letters or talking. Sorry Sis.

If you have Twitter, you are limited to 140 characters. What is that? Notice that we begin to skim as we read. This is really a bad habit.

This article by Maryanne Wolf said

  • When we read online, we tend to become "mere decoders of information." So what happens our ability to interpret text, to make the rich mental connections that form when we read deeply and without distraction, remain largely disengaged.

Hereinis the problem. Why? Well, because as Believers our spiritual strength and life is directly linked to a Book. God has given His Words to me in a long, long, detailed book; and that Book requires deep reading and even deeper thinking. Psalms 1 gives us the idea of how we are to read the Bible. Point to Psalms and see the verses. We are to meditate on God's Word and God's law day and night. What a foreign concept in our text-message world. here

But I have noticed that there are a few web sites that put the scriptures on the Web. It's just not like holding the Bible in your hand, but is not bad. here. and here.

Reading is not an instinctive skill for us people. It's not etched into our genes the way speech is. We really have to teach our minds how to translate the "symbolic characters" (abcdefg, etc) we see into the English we understand. In other words, as I understand this, we shape the neural circuits inside our brain how we read and understand what we read. The essential congitive functions as memory and the interpretation of visual and auditory stimulli, is affected by the method whereby we read and view reading. here.

The NET and the new technologies we have affect our way we read and then understand what we are reading. When text messaging is used, it does limit our understanding.

So we form a new reading. It is clear that those who use the NET and Google are developing a new reading form from the traditional sense. What is emerging as users of "power-browse" horizontally through titles, contents pages, and abstracts going for quick win. And it seems that some go on line to avoid reading in the traditional sense.

Well, I love reading and I read articles, after I down load the articles. Some of the pages are 20 pages long.

Okay, enough. It's past 120 characters already.