I thought of this group as kids and families of the 1970s – with divorce rife and Dads through choice or circumstances, being left out of the loop families went ‘splat.’ This effect institutionalised by the grant system whereby we all left for the other side of the country to study at university not to return.
I now apply it to resources, to assets to ‘stuff’ online. Content is offered up in every possible shape, form and size. We can choose from a multitude of ways into a topic, light, heavy, by age group and culture, length and medium. It is quite a hubbub.
If you develop a keen interest in a topic suggested by a report then it can be taken several ways: more reports/papers by this person on the same topic, more reports/papers by others on the topic … a book by the author on the topic. It isn’t often that I want to do this, it is sometimes then only way I can start to understand something as some authors, particularly sing a heavy, academic style, fail to communicate. The surprise is to find these same authors may express the idea far better elsewhere, or in a recent paper.
(Should read ‘synopsis’ of course)
Over a longer period of time does this cursor not ride back and forth, as we return to a topic, expand and develop our reading?
I can think of authors and topics I revisit over decades, this is how books fill a shelf (and now the Kindle).
Talking of which, wouldn’t it be handy to be offered e-journal and papers as articles I might like, instead of just books?