Sunday, 4 January 2015

Internet can be a great help

 I mostly disagree with the main points of this video made by Nicholas Carr, the author of, "The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains,"
  Wikipedia is like having a brain transplant when compared with pre internet times of just sitting in your house wondering about stuff or asking your family for the answer and they are like,"Doh, can't remember the details". Well in the past people could have invested in a good quality encyclopedia if they could afford it. With broadband when your family ask you for an answer you still might not be able to remember the details but at least you will know how to get the details in a second - either by google box or webpage. There is an overwhelming amount of detail, was human evolution ever going to enable us  to remember so much ? Now we have facebook and twitter and iphone if you are with someone in a cafe and you can't remember the funny things you saw yesterday you could look up your personal notes - facebook timeline to remember - and actually show the person the video or let them hear the song instead of hopelessly trying to describe it.

I'll tell you what real life is like without computers - you go to a party or group meeting place, with the background chat or music you don't hear the name of the book/person/group the other person told you or you find you forgot it 5 minutes later after they were gone or you have no way of listening again to what they were talking about because you can't go out and buy every last video they talk about. Now if you remember something of what they said you are quite likely to be able to find the trail to the good thing.

Look at all the music of Youtube - you can search through and find the best bits and then read about the history of the musician on wikipedia and go to their website and book a concert or buy their track and give them some money. In the past who could afford to keep buying the whole album when you really only liked one track off it. Of course that can work the other way too when people only share tracks without paying but then there could be a donate button on the musicians website - but then why not just buy a track ?

See the books by Valerie Tarico, Victor J. Stenger, John W. Loftus, Robert M. Price and you will be able to escape the iron age mentality about religion that still holds sway over too many people who remain disconnected from the internet or who still only use it for e-mail to repeat parrot fashion what their ancestors told them.  

Maybe shallow is the new deep, cause a lot of deep it just deepity.

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