Lisa’s comment on Facebook this morning catches me cold:
Instantaneous access to information appears to be eroding our ability to thoughtfully reflect.
And it makes me stop and think. And try to form an opinion by experience. When I read, for example, I avoid going online (unless absolutely necessary, like with your first Faulkner) to seek help in understanding a book. Obviously I wouldn’t be running to the library to do this in pre-internet days but that’s not why I’m avoiding assistance; I want to be untainted by other interpretations and to see it based on my own experience of life, other readings, etc. But the thing is, is that I could indeed find anything I needed within minutes and get a whole slew of opinions and insight and angles that would help form my own take on things.
Steve points out another potential problem of technology referred to in an article by Kevin Kelly as they explore the nature of the beast and weigh the arguments against with some unfounded probabilities and very viable benefits. As Steve notes, there is a dearth of agreed-upon definition in trying to assess its impact. And the scale is tipped often merely by preference or what is given up in acceptance of replacement. Would you rather drive a Ferrarri or get there by horseback? On the other hand, your Ferrarri, no matter how shiny and red, doesn’t nuzzle you looking for sugar or run with mane flying across open fields.