Why Google Isn’t Making Us Stupid…or Smart – Chad Wellmon

A lengthy look at the question – Is Google making us stupid? Short version: Not really. I think that our skill set in this age is changing from being forced to remember large amounts of information, to being able to search for that information efficiently (and filter out the unimportant). The application of these skills is no less important, and once mastered, allow for far more to be accomplished. The web is substantially different in its reliance on links and contexts, to how books and encyclopaedia were.  

“We are suffering under a deluge of data. Many worry that the Web’s hyperlinks that propel us from page to page, the blogs that reduce long articles to a more consumable line or two, and the tweets that condense thoughts to 140 characters have all created a culture of distraction. The very technologies that help us manage all of this information are undermining our ability to read with any depth or care. The Web, according to some, is a deeply flawed medium that facilitates a less intensive, more superficial form of reading. When we read online, we browse, we scan, we skim. “

IASC: The Hedgehog Review – Volume 14, No. 1 (Spring 2012) – Why Google Isn’t Making Us Stupid…or Smart – Chad Wellmon

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