Gary Berg-Cross replied to the topic The internet is not making us dumber (alt. title – “Where Good Ideas come from”) in the forum Smarter, Better, Open Government 9 years, 6 months ago
Some people are concerned about the Internet overwhelming us and making us dumber. One book on this is:
THE SHALLOWS: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains.By Nicholas Carr. W.W. Norton.
Are we becoming more like pseudo librarians– able to find information quickly and discern the best nuggets – and less scholars who digest and interpret information?
One concern is that a lack of focus hinders our long-term memory, leading many of us to feel distracted or as Seneca put it- “To be everywhere is to be nowhere.”
On the idea of connectivity many of us see this as a good thing, but sometimes we don’t know who we are connecting with. At the extreme nonymous comment posters add nothing to a discussion. They only detract from serious online conversations. Why? Because, hiding in the shadows, one can say anything and people do, making good threads of discussion difficult.
There’s no accountability, no retaliation, no sense of responsibility and these are all potential problems.
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