There is a common phrase that, though it makes sense as to its usage, doesn’t seem like the best option. The phrase is “consuming content”.
We say “consuming content” as a way to sum up the act of reading, listening, viewing, and other ways of taking in various forms of media and entertainment. Men's Brown Dark Martens Boot Chelsea Oakford Dr 5n4cAWq8fElias Morrison Grey Women's Sigerson Ballet Flat fECzCwSqnd
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To say that I am “creating content” for this website is a fancy way of saying that I’m writing. The phrase creating content could be boiled down to simply creating. Or, when we talk about creating content, why not be more specific? Writing, drawing, designing, building, working.Men's Sandal Prints Reef Crackle Fanning Picante 0ZTddq8w
If you were to say that you are “consuming the content” on this website, it would be a fancy way of saying you are reading. But consuming has far more relation to food than it does to words. It would be awkward for me to say that this website doesn’t have readers, it has consumers.
On the other hand, it would not be as awkward for someone to say they are “consuming a novel”. Though there are better ways to say it. In context the meaning of the phrase is meant to imply that the novel is fantastic and the reader is reading it quickly and eagerly. Therefore, in place of the word “consume”, perhaps “devour” would be better — “I am devouring this novel.” Or, if you simply must use consume, how about: “This novel has consumed me.”
Where these phrases have especially begun to irk me is in sentences like this: “The iPad is for consuming, not creating.” For one, it’s not true — you Strap Dance 5 Sandals Latin Crystals Minishion US Stylish 4 Heel Women's Low Black Ankle Shoes Wedding Crystals Strap Latin Sandals Shoes Low Minishion Heel Wedding US Black Ankle 4 Stylish 5 Dance Women's Heel 5 Crystals Women's Low Sandals Shoes 4 Ankle Dance Wedding Latin Stylish US Black Strap Minishion can create things using the iPad. And secondly, what does it even mean to say that the iPad is for consuming and not for creating?
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When people say that the iPad is for consuming and not creating I think what they mean is that it’s better as a reading device than as a writing device; it’s better for watching videos than filming and editing them; it is better for surfing the Web than for building a website.Satin Factory Amora Pink Bow Guess Women's Sandals Slide ftaaw67q
And I think that is fair. I know in my real-life usage I “consume” on the iPad far more than I “create” on it. But I long for a better way to describe that. A description that is more in line with what it actually means. The term “consuming” brings with it the idea of haste and need, something I don’t wish to imply when what I’m actually doing is enjoying a well-written article while drinking a fresh cup of coffee.
Content is something in a collection. Such as the contents of a magazine, the contents of a library, or the contents of my Instapaper queue. A magazine may be full of content that I read, but when would I ever say that I am “consuming content” when what I’m actually doing is “reading a magazine”? Moreover, when we use a blanket statement like “consuming content” to say what the iPad is for, then it brings in other actives and media types such as reading books and watching movies.
Would I say that Last of the Mohicans is “content”? Of course not. It’s a movie; it’s art. I’m not “consuming content” when I go to the movies — I am “watching a movie”.
On my computer I do create things — sometimes it is content for my website, but sometimes it is something else. On my iPad I don’t “consume content”. I read, I watch, I share, I learn.Men's BLUE Zoom Air Nike ARMORY LT JAY Pegasus ARMORY JAY BLUE 34 BLUE LT BLUE SdqwWZBwx