How Is The Internet Changing The Way You Think?

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    What do you think?

    "This year's Question is "How is the Internet changing the way YOU think?" Not "How is the Internet changing the way WE think?" We spent a lot of time going back on forth on "YOU" vs. "WE" and came to the conclusion to go with "YOU", the reason being that Edge is a conversation. "WE" responses tend to come across like expert papers, public pronouncements, or talks delivered from stage.

    We wanted people to think about the "Internet", which includes, but is a much bigger subject than the Web, an application on the Internet, or search, browsing, etc., which are apps on the Web. Back in 1996, computer scientist and visionary Danny Hillis pointed out that when it comes to the Internet, "Many people sense this, but don't want to think about it because the change is too profound. Today, on the Internet the main event is the Web. A lot of people think that the Web is the Internet, and they're missing something. The Internet is a brand-new fertile ground where things can grow, and the Web is the first thing that grew there. But the stuff growing there is in a very primitive form. The Web is the old media incorporated into the new medium. It both adds something to the Internet and takes something away.""

    The World Question Center 2010


    My response later.
     
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    The one thing it has done to me is I used to be an avid reader who could spend long periods with just book and thoughts. Now I find myself reading, raising some question, and then going to the computer to look something up. From there I may get lost in links and whatnot, and my reading time goes out the window. This is especially true with non fiction.

    I also find myself checking, googling that is, to figure out whether I am alone in the universe or others think the same about some issue, and lo and behold.

    "I can feel it, too. Over the past few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory. My mind isn’t going—so far as I can tell—but it’s changing. I’m not thinking the way I used to think. I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading. Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy. My mind would get caught up in the narrative or the turns of the argument, and I’d spend hours strolling through long stretches of prose. That’s rarely the case anymore. Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do. I feel as if I’m always dragging my wayward brain back to the text. The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle."

    Is Google Making Us Stupid? - The Atlantic (July/August 2008)
     
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    ^ Glad to know that it's not just me who is experiencing this. The computer, specifically the internet, is the biggest distraction for me. We thought getting a laptop was a good idea . . . .

    I thought 'internet' and 'world wide 'web' were interchangeable?? :confused:
     
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    This interests me for a number of different reasons, but mostly as an educator. Tech savvy teens can no longer attend for extended periods of time. Teachers now have to change up activities every 10 - 15 mins to keep kids engaged.
     
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    We live in a soundbite world which is a problem, imo. People rarely take the time to mull things over, to sleep on it overnight . . . . everything is instantaneous today.

    I read somewhere that when President Roosevelt (I think it was him) was asked a question that required a bit of thought, he used to removed his glasses and clean them because it gave him a few moments to consider his response. I think it would do everyone good if they 'removed their glasses' before responding (generally speaking).
     
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    I still read a lot, both magazines and books. Just finished Thomas Friedman's "Hot, Flat, and Crowded". However, the net provides access to many things that I could not get normally.

    Many scientific societies are putting up the lectures at their conventions on the net. Many schools put notes for classes on the net, also. So, as a layman, one can stay reasonably conversant with what is going on in science.

    Like all the rest of the media, the net has less than 1% real content, and 99%+ crap.

    One thing that surprised me it the general willfull ignorance of my fellow Americans. I did not realize how prevelant it is in all classes.
     
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    Internet is great for all the information withiin our grasps, but also horrible in that people will find what they already believe, regardless of whether its fact, and they remain ignorant. So much disinformation out there.
     
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    For the most part the internet has had a positive impact on my life but not on my back. I spend more time slouched over my laptop than is good for me.
     
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    Ignorance is bliss-----stupidity is what sucks
     
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    I can't sit through commercials on TV anymore, feels like a complete waste of time, so all the political video I watch is now on YouTube or RealClearPol.
     

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