Does the Internet Make You Smarter?

Digital media have made creating and disseminating text, sound, and images cheap, easy and global. The bulk of publicly available media is now created by people who understand little of the professional standards and practices for media.

Instead, these amateurs produce endless streams of mediocrity, eroding cultural norms about quality and acceptability, and leading to increasingly alarmed predictions of incipient chaos and intellectual collapse. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Kaizar Campwala - Jun 5, 2010 - 6:02 AM PDT
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Kaizar Campwala
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by Kaizar Campwala - Jun. 5, 2010

A rehash of the argument that Shirky has been making for a while. He fails to directly address Nick Carr's thesis (see links).

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Walter Cox
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by Walter Cox - Jun. 6, 2010

This may be old territory for others, yet I found Shirky's historical review quite valuable. It's a concise piece that hints at a remarkable, and rich, future.

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Fred Gatlin
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by Fred Gatlin - Jun. 5, 2010

This commentary from the Wall Street Journal claims all digital media is inferior. It ignores the decline in printed media including the Wall Street Journal.

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Fabrice Florin
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by Fabrice Florin - Jun. 14, 2010

Thoughtful opinion about the cultural impact of the Internet by author Clay Shirky (whose latest book is "Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age"). Clay argues convincingly that despite all the spam and silly videos, the Internet is fostering a new reading and writing culture, which is likely to make us smarter.

Contrast this opinion to Nick Carr's view that the Internet is making us dumber (see link).

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