From the Mind of Woz
Is Google Making Us Stupid?
What the Internet is doing to our brains, by Nicholas Carr
http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200807/google, The Atlantic.Com , by Nicholas Carr.
Here’s one for the Luddites!
This article is about reduced attention span cause by Web 2.0 technologies. Nicholas Carr states, “My mind isn’t going—so far as I can tell—but it’s changing. I’m not thinking the way I used to think. I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading. Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy. My mind would get caught up in the narrative or the turns of the argument, and I’d spend hours strolling through long stretches of prose. That’s rarely the case anymore. Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages.”
I don’t know, I’m ADD, reading has always been like that for me. Welcome to my world, Mr. Carr. My advice to you is to keep reading and develop memory techniques the people with ADD have long mastered. We read..slowly..and we have to put up with degrading remarks from educators and others without ADD. But, we learn to fit into their world. They never learn to fit into ours. We accept their limited boundaries of thought; they never accept our endless and deep layers of inventiveness and creative thought. Instead, they label us with a disorder. Oh, but that’s another topic, isn’t it? Told you I was ADD. If the Internet is affecting you, adversely; maybe, Mr. Carr, you might just stay off it.
The keyword here is “changing” … “I’m not thinking the way I used to think”. Change causes fear in people. And fear causes people to think of evil, dark ends of gloom and destruction to our quality of life and the existence of the world, itself, “In the world of 2001, people have become so machinelike that the most human character turns out to be a machine. That’s the essence of Kubrick’s dark prophecy: as we come to rely on computers to mediate our understanding of the world, it is our own intelligence that flattens into artificial intelligence.”
Mr. Carr, as long as there are true educators in this world, we will NEVER become robot-like. Educators will always maintain the standards of critical thinking and quality of life for their students. The educators, that others put down with lame expressions like, “Those who can, do; and those who cannot, teach”, will not let humanity become robot-like. And, my suggestion to you is to hang out with a person with ADHD and you’ll find out that mankind will never become “pancake-like beings” due to a technology or anything else. Again, sounds like you need to turn off the Internet or the big bad Google monster will get ya!
But, thank you for launching this analogy of the destruction of all free-thinking beings on this earth do to Google and the like. It’s a great debate. It’s like Ohio State vs. Michigan football…how’s that for an analogy? Because as long as we can critically think and debate the issue, we haven’t become Hal-like. BTW, Mr. Carr, what’s Stanley Kubrick doing these days? Never mind, I’ll Google it.
PS (Don’t email and tell me he’s passed on…I know it…I googled it.)