Originally Posted by guyladouche
I think with such a ready supply of available information (whether or not people use it and understand it correctly is another issue) gives people the illusion of having knowledge and intelligence--like they're god just 'cause they can wiki a subject and read a few important catch-phrases and regurgitate it to someone--but for the most part, the deeper understanding is lacking. That's my opinion on what's going on. I think the people that would have good attention spans and intelligence will still have it, and the Internet isn't going to change that--but the people that are stupid will still be stupid, they'll just appear to know what they're talking about when the actual intelligent people will know they're still full of ****...
I believe it's all about the "instant
" nature of the Internet: combining with modern "interpersonal relationship"-"skill-sets" and increasing the already prevalent "affliction of ADD"
If you desire instant
information- it's there for you;
If you feel like spouting off your own opinion- as if it was the word of God- then, you can rapidly do that too.
If you want to make comments that make you look like a jackas5- You certainly have the opportunity to do that!... Instantly!
So, It goes back to the old adages "Think before You Speak" and "engage brain before putting mouth in gear"
It's just intensified! - too many people have "Impulse" irrationality- they post- without checking spelling, punctuation, grammar, and (more often than not) relevance!
Originally Posted by Jarhead
There's also another thing to factor in, television literally changes your thought patterns into that of a passive and accepting sheeple, while books force you not only to pay greater attention but to actively process data. The internet is a combination of the two and varies wildly according to the content of any particular website.
One thing that is not debatable is that pager/IM language is slowly destroying literacy(what little that we had left here in the States).
Originally Posted by newphase
I believe that t'internet has both the capacity to make us more stupid and infinitely more intelligent and aware.
The tool is there... use it wisely.
Originally Posted by jinja_ninja
I can understand the argument, however, it depends on the invidividual.
If you spend your entire time on the internet on MySpace and YouTube, you won't learn a lot. I spend a lot of time on the internet literally researching and harvesting anything I am interested in. I have gained so much knowledge in a lot of areas over the past few years.
For me the internet is one big encyclopedia and I'm loving it
All of these quotes have one common thread:The internet has the variety and capability to satisfy the "sensory input" of just about anybody!
It is all about what the individual desires to extract from it!
You can do serious "in-depth" research into your chosen subject- or just "skim" for an an introductory "synopsis" of something that piques your interest.It is entirely up to the end user-Use the internet as a tool; or, be a TOOL on the webz!
Extract information, expand knowledge, broaden horizons, etc.
stay insular and myopic and attempt to make the rest of the world fit into a predefined viewpoint -Yours!
We all recognize these posts.....
didn't bother reading the thread (tl/dr) but....here's what I
think! anyway.. everybody pay attention toMe
for some "sckoolin"...I
am about to reveal my vast knowledge and deep thoughts
... ALL bow to my
Xtreme superiorityness"........Aftyer all- (I'mma alwaze riht (My Mommy sez so) and evry1 els is rong
-cuz my l337 brian skilz pwn urz noobz graysorce)
And If U don't agree wit m3h then U R t3h FAIL
I think much of ADD is the fact that the "kids these days" (tail end of My generation included) have been taught by the Yuppie generation to crave attention/ approval)
So if they don't get enough "Attention" then they feel a "Deficit"- It results in seeking out a new stimulus for approval- and hence short attention spans- "That's not "rewarding" enough for me- Time to move on to something else"
So the instant posting does
combine the evils of ADD with the narcissism of the "Look at Me" generation!
(What I like to call the "Look Ma- No Hands" Generation!)
Exemplified by some
"Hey everybody, LOOK how leet I
just got a new "XYZ" for my
*Accompanied by picture of High tech and Expensive Part held up by a 15 yr old, standing in their bedroom with all their Goodies
Everything "On Display" for receiving maximum attention/adulation
- 24" LCD, Xbox, PS3 (& PS2 to prove they're "old School"), and
(And a Sig Rig with a 790i board, a QX9xx, 8GB of DDR3 20000, 2TB etc. etc. - Labeled "My First Build"
not really I
OK: hands up! Who actually read through all of that? (Bueller, Bueller?)