28.8.09

Tech panic

Image originally from http://www.bdh.net/2007/08/03/zombies-a-plenty. altered.

from The Smart Set:
There is a really interesting book to be written on how the Internet and technology is changing our way of thinking, but so far we either have foolish optimism — like Steven Johnson's assertion in Everything Bad Is Good for You that video games and sitcoms are actually making us smarter, supported with vague "neurological" and "cerebral" terms and the lack of a definition of what Johnson means by "smarter" — or the aforementioned doom and gloom. Maggie Jackson is so hysterical in the introduction to her book Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age that it's difficult to take anything in the following chapters seriously. That "Coming Dark Age" is not in the subtitle for nothing — Jackson really does believe that our wired world is going to cause a great collapse of civilization.

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