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Will Richardson explains that, in the not too distant future, reading will no longer be considered a solitary pursuit. It's a shift in literacy, he suggests, that teachers need to be attuned to--and can perhaps take advantage of.

He also points to a good place to start.

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Does this mean I can annotate Moby Dick with my book club from a great distance? Most Diigo notes I see make Twitter tweets seem rather epic. "Whale=Satan" I'm into that!

Seriously, though, beyond the reductivist thing that's going on, there's social sites like GoodReads, where we can supplement the solitary pursuit of reading itself (two eyes, one brain) with the social experience of talking about what we've read -- in a warmer context with more conversation-friendly tools.

Will Richardson's example in his blog, where he highlights and annotates one of his paragraphs using Diigo, kind of makes my point. So far the comments attached to his annotation are: "Interesting!" and "I really found this interesting as well."

Diigo can be a great tool to use with a working group studying an article or draft where there is a high expectation that substantive engagement and commenting will occur. But that's a long way from a fundamental change in the reading process. A lingering question for me -- do I really want to know what everybody else in the world thinks about the second paragraph on page 334 of the new David Baldacci novel?

OK - back to my cave. Light's bad in here...but it's quiet.

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