这是「I/O」的第 12 封邮件。过去一周我在出差和出差的路上,经历了沪上骄阳也体会到京城的暴雨,在终于联系到河北家人的欣慰中结束,我从过去一周的阅读中挑选出一份需要 26 分钟消费的资讯和长文,正确消费这些内容的方式就是把它们 Instapaper 或 Pocket……

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2 分钟了解中国的机器人梦想

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5 分钟倾听伊隆·马斯克的心声

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2 分钟浏览五家致力于无人驾驶摆渡车(公交车)的公司

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2 分钟游览 Apple Watch 的秘密实验室

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5 分钟听听行家如何评价软银收购 ARM?

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10 分钟慢慢体会按下「视频快进键」的文化动机

这篇长文探讨了一个很多人不会注意的现象:当我们按下视频快进键后,我们的大脑到底在想什么?
从历史的角度来说,人类大脑在文本阅读时代经历过这个变化。早期的阅读都是需要声音配合的,这种大声读出来的行动严重拖延了阅读的速度。

During the Middle Ages, scribes began introducing spacing and punctuation into texts, which made silent reading much easier for everyone. The practice began in monasteries around the 10th century and slowly spread to university libraries a few hundred years later, and finally to the European aristocracy by the 14th and 15th centuries, according to historian Roger Chartier.

The technique of silent, solitary reading released people from the sluggishness of the spoken word — as well as from the judgment of their peers. Reading in private gave people room to engage with a text, the freedom to think critically and sometimes heretically. Opinions too controversial for group reading could be disseminated and consumed in private. The result, historians say, was an intellectual, scientific — and spiritual — blossoming in Europe.

同理是否可以应用到视频内容消费中呢?作者这样写道:

Netflix, which is essentially the motherlode of box sets, has made this kind of careful viewing much easier. That’s one reason that serialized shows have become so popular in recent years. Since audiences can easily catch up on missed episodes — many of them are bingewatching anyway — show-runners can tell longer, more complicated stories with less repetition. The rewind button allows television to be a little more sophisticated. If you didn’t understand the first time, just watch again.

But the spread of solitary, customized viewing will not mean the demise of television culture — quite the opposite. People will watch an episode and dissect it on Twitter; they will share their favorite scenes and watch them on repeat. “While viewing is becoming a more solitary, personal activity, the flip side is that fan communities have grown stronger,” Jennifer Holt, a media scholar at the University of California at Santa Barbara, told me. “People still want to connect. They still want that social experience, only now it’s all happening online.”


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