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The Different Connections With Dynamic and Static Texts

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 October 2023 

We have read many pieces that give us a deeper understanding of the different delivery systems of texts, and documents and how they have evolved over time. From oral to written communication. From traditional to digital print, such as books, and emails through remediation. And, how we respond to writing and graphics on computer screens as opposed to print in books, (Dynamic, Static). Richard Lanham tells us that, “The electronic word we have come in contact with on our computer screens affects our perception of human sensorium differently than the traditional printed word.” Since texts that are on screen are more dynamic than print, people respond differently . Part of this may be  because we have some type of power on certain texts to make changes, thus making us feel more connected to the text itself as well as the author (s). 

Can There Be A Connection With Non-Dynamic Text?

During the past couple weeks in two of my classes, some other students and I were asked to share documents for peer reviews. and go through a checklist to verify if certain criterias are part of those texts. I feel that connection with each document I read, and interacted with because I was given the power to make changes and suggestions where I see fit, and the students will take my advice into consideration. 

The situation is quite different for printed text, however. The reading talks about some missing elements. Pictures, color, and pictures in printed texts that create a separation between the writer and the reader. It says, “ Traditional print texts have no pictures. No type changes; no interaction; no revision. And thus make the reader feel that the writer’s textual meaning is not open to any interaction.” That statement immediately brings my attention to children’s books. The children canno’t interact with the books when they are reading them due to their static state. However, the pictures, colors, and illustrations that are in them, bring out a sense of connection with the book.


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