Dealing with the Craving for Micro-reading

Conference: The Asian Conference on Education (ACE2021)
Title: Dealing with the Craving for Micro-reading
Stream: Higher Education
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Md. Rizwanul Islam, North South University, Bangladesh


In the contemporary world, many seem to have developed a propensity to shorter pieces. One of this author’s research assistants had once remarked, ‘[m]any do not post anything on Facebook running longer than four lines, because most of us would not simply click the “see more” option and read what may lie there.’ This article calls this propensity a ‘craving for micro-reading’. This article argues that the traditional reluctance of academic and higher education institutions to recognize shorter works in academic blogs or online journals as scholarly outputs is open to question. It posits that this type of shorter piece catering to the taste of micro-readers warrants some form of recognition as scholarly outputs. This article would seek to argue should academics and higher education institutions (HEIs) respond to this. Its main argument is that the high premium that academic institutions tend to pay for scholarly writings of traditional nature: books, journal articles and book chapters should and would continue to be in place. However, other forms of writing such as blog essays or short essays in online academic journals that are almost never considered publications in the HEIs warrant some form of recognition in academia and HEIs.

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