Reading Between the Lines

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Do you believe you’re missing life’s hidden meanings? Experience University is offering a course just for you: Reading Between the Lines.

“Lots of people are literally unprepared when it comes to drawing out underlying meanings,” explains Sub Text, spokesperson for Experience U. “This isn’t a skill we’re taught in grade school.”

Experience U wants to remedy that lack with Reading Between the Lines, which is sponsored by the university’s Continuing Education Department. The course will be offered in a traditional classroom on the Real Life campus, as well as in a virtual self-study format. In either setting, enrollees will be coached in the craft of communicative code, also known as reading between the lines.

Though Reading Between the Lines is considered an art class, the program does present complex math and cryptology concepts. For instance, the lesson in Differentials equips students with the tools to calculate the difference between what is said and what is actually meant, using examples provided by advertisers, politicians, and random strangers on the street. Other required modules include Deciphering Euphemisms, Deconstructing Political Promises, and Wading Through Verbal Minefields.

Ms. Text says the ideal potential student is someone who is interested in signing up, yet hesitant to do so because of a perceived lack of reading ability. She points out that person has already demonstrated a need for the course.

“Reading Between the Lines does not teach actual reading,” she says. “Anyone who thinks it does may have skipped that part of the course description.”

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