Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Is Google Making Us Stupid
I asked in an earlier post whether Google could rule the world. An article in the latest SA issue of Popular Mechanics asks a similar question. There is a introduction to the article here. The article really deals with the difference the internet has made to the way we think. Are will still able to read and digest long articles in books? To take the time to do book research? It is so much easier to 'google' a topic and get all the info we need in a few minutes. The author says that we lose the ability to read contemplatively. There is no going back, and not many of would want to - but it certainly is a good reminder that we run the danger of only being able to understand predigested material (like baby food) and losing the ability to do our own digestion.