This-essay is a7311142.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %READ OR PERISH 731114 There is a "Publish or Perish" tradition in many institutions of higher education. Often in discussions of the issues which relate to this pointing to reality there are over-simplifications and strong feelings. Rather than moving into those troubled waters, consider the other side of the sea. Because of the combined effects of technology and motivations related to publish a flood of information flows almost out of control. Editors of journals and book publishing companies may on occasion wonder if the printed page is being read, or just being filed away for future reference. In many instances information is so subjected to fragmentation that readers are themselves subjected to fragmentation. Even digests of printed matter are highly specialized. There are those who would attempt to bring the information flood under full control through the use of sophisticated techniques of information management. There are no solid grounds for saying that this is the ultimate solution. It would appear that what is needed is a new mythology which will give meaning to the production, reading, and incarnation of the printed words. It might be that one step in the right direction would be for institutions of higher education to adopt a "read or perish" policy to replace the "publish or perish" policy. By "reading" we here do not intend to point to the isolated professor transcribing information from the printed page to DNA molecules in his brain. Reading in a far broader sense involves the whole person integrating that which is read. A whole person does not live in isolation. Thus, reading in its broadest sense includes discussions with others of that which is read. It is not enough that there be a few who jointly read the same materials, and discuss only that material within their in- group. Such reading does not involve the whole person. "Read or perish" might more properly point to the reality that persons in social and/or intellectual isolation cease to live. The isolation may be defined by narrow definitions of intellectual focus, as in diversionary research. Persons who fail to read broadly outside their narrow focus of specialization---will soon cease to live, no matter how many articles they publish per year. (c) 1999 by Paul A. Smith in GO: essayz.com "Search for Integrity and Honesty" (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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