posted on Jun, 15 2008 @ 01:23 AM
when people say web information isn't reliable, THEY'RE RIGHT, imo.
check out an encyclopedia from the 1950's sometime. TONS of stuff that is COMPLETELY WRONG being published as hard fact.
except, there was no competing source of counter-information to round things out, and allow the user to come to her/his own conclusion using their own
critical thinking skills.
go back even further, and you have the original "PROPAGANDA", a word (and idea) originally created in the hallowed halls of the vatican.
the television reduced our ability to concentrate on one thing for an extended period, and the internet reduces it even further. however, we MAY have
an 'advantage' over the students of 1950's book learning, or 1970's television learning in that now, we can have a better bird's eye view of the
whole cognizance patterning of input media/mind.
the very fact that this article from the OP exists says that we are more aware of the effects of media on our outlook than the people from the 20th
century were, and PROVES to me that we are not going to get 'less intelligent' and that we will just use our brains differently.
the human mind can do WAY MORE than a computer, now, but it is WAYYYY slower(what's the square root of 132498.7977251? to a computer, it is not
harder to answer than the square root of 4). so, these speey idiot savante slaves that we are INTEGRATING with, are affecting the way we think. it
is not a matter of 'stupid'. it is a matter of order of operations, and what is relevant to keep in your head.
i could say, using the same logic as the OP, that books made us stupid a long, long time ago.
read mcluhan. the extensions of man are extensions of his senses.
man builds tool to extend sense. (say, a gun, to extend touch)
and, consequently, man is shaped by his extended sense. (for guns, increased POWER, and a necessity to equal the POWER of other users of the new
POWER, hence, escalation of security/insecurity, as one example)
my address book(the physical one) caused me to stop remembering people's phone numbers. it didn't make me more stupid, it just relieved my brain
from the task of holding tens of sequences of seven numbers.
it did make me less independent, though.
we are addicted to machines, because we are already a cyborg organism.
[edit on 15-6-2008 by billybob]