Source (15% down the page): 'Serious reading takes a hit...', by Michael S. Rosenwald, April 6, 2014
Word lovers and scientists have called for a “slow reading” movement, taking a branding cue from the “slow food” movement. They are battling not just cursory sentence galloping but the constant social network and e-mail temptations that lurk on our gadgets —
the bings and dingsthat interrupt “Call me Ishmael.”
I recollect that Call me Ishmael.” is the first line of Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick, which I've yet to read. I interpret the last sentence to mean that modern IT, especially audible alerts and warnings (
the bings and dings) interferes with reading. Yet why did this author cite this quote? What are the significance and import? I sense some deeper implications that I missed. Or is the author simply implying that modern IT precludes a reader from reading even the second sentence of a literary classic?