How do I read a text field?

I have a text field in a table and I want to read them. I did this but I still see a value like this
4sIAAAAAAAEAE2PT0sDMRDFv0qZ8x52W//U3LZKRcQt2OJFPAz

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Jim HornSQL Server Data DudeCommented:
Define 'read them', with enough supporting information so that experts here (who are not connected to your data source and can't run queries ) can answer your question.
CamilliaAuthor Commented:
Define 'read them'

I want to see the actual value..what is stored in the text field. But with this, I still see a value like this.....

4sIAAAAAAAEAE2PT0sDMRDFv0qZ8x52W//U3LZKRcQt2OJFPAz


 Declare @pointer varbinary(30)

Select @pointer =TEXTPTR (ReportObject)from dbo.Report
Where id=1656

ReadText report.ReportObject @pointer 1 50

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Jim HornSQL Server Data DudeCommented:
Appears that the value is encrypted, which means there is a function somewhere that decrypts the value, and in your query instead of SELECT column_name it'll have to be SELECT decrypt_function(column_name) to display the actual value.  This assumes that you have privs to run that function.  Since experts here won't know anything about how your company is pulling this off, you'll have to ask around your company to get this answer.

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CamilliaAuthor Commented:
compresses and decompresses.
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