everybody's talkin' bout: online literacy | buzztwang
Starre reminded me about online literacy with this New York Times article today.It's an interesting debate: Is our experience online a cognitive process that is sub par to traditional processes such as reading or speaking?Nicholas Carr in The Atlantic also addressed the debate, asking the question: "Is Google making us Stoopid?"For me, as for others, the Net is becoming a universal medium, the conduit for most of the information that flows through my eyes and ears and into my mind. The advantages of having immediate access to such an incredibly rich store of information are many, and they've been widely described and duly applauded. "The perfect recall of silicon memory," Wired's Clive Thompson has written, "can be an enormous boon to thinking." But that boon comes at a price. As the media theorist Marshall McLuhan pointed out in the 1960s, media are not just passive channels of information. They supply the stuff of thought, but they also shape the process of thought. And what the Net