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Nothing is more alien to medievalism than the modern reader, skimming the headlines of a newspaper and glancing down its columns to glean any point of interest, racing through the pages of some dissertation to discover whether it is worth his more careful consideration, and pausing to gather the argument of a page in a few swift glances." (McLuhan 88).

The filter in which we analyze and read is extremely different from our medieval counterparts. Our culture revolves around multi- tasking, looking at pieces of information quickly and determining which sections are important. As example in the quote shows, everyday we glance over articles first, then if it captures our interest, we dive further into the text. The medieval reader was at more of "muttering child learner" (McLuhan), in which "each word was for him a separate entity and at times a problem which he whispered to himself when he had to find the solution." Overall, the practical uses of reading/education was quite different during the medieval ages. 

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Daniella Choynowski said:

I know that when doing research for a paper that I only have a week to do, it is impossible to read an entire book. There would be no time to write. You must skim for quotes, perhaps reading the page before and after to undertsand the context.It is a necessary method for modern research.

Maybe the word was more valued in medieval times because not everyone was privy to literacy. Maybe the literate took the time to savour/treasure their ability.

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