Crazy homemade transhumanism. Definitely a Wired piece worth reading.
Liked the thought it provoked about humans taking evolution into their own hands.
Great, great presentation. Those of you who like Clay Shirky’s idea of cognitive surplus should definitely take a gander at this video.
Cheonggyecheon Park, located in South Korea, was the site of a major protest against renewed beef importation from the United States. The makeup of the protest was teenage girls. They organized through communication on the Dong Bang Shin Ki bulletin boards.
DBSK is a boy band.
Social action can come out of any connection online. The internet provides the means to do so.
What other examples do you think best illustrate this point?
Clive Thompson has an optimistic view on online consumption habits, that we go from a flurry of status updates to something “more complex”— i.e., short-form thinking catalyzes long-form thinking.
There seems to be some obvious truth in this. A lot of short-form reading about a lot of things allows us to be expose ourselves to information that we’d like to turn into some form of long-form blog post, essay or report. And yes, there is a chunk of the population that tends to be reading this style of writing more than ever online.
But is it everyone? Or rather, is it even close?
My current hypothesis would be that the nature of prominent short-form thinking overshadow the portion who are partaking in online long-form thinking. I side more with Nicholas Carr— the way the web is wired, by lending itself to short snippets and distraction, takes an axe to the general population’s ability to focus.
It seems more as if “We talk a lot, and then, some of us, if we’re lucky, dive deep.”
“We talk a lot, and then, some of us, if we’re lucky, every now and then dive deep.”
The general information intake still seems superficial.
Benjamkin Kunkel as quoted in a passage from Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
Ever feel the same way?
I see within us all (myself included) the replacement of complex inner density with a new kind of self—evolving under the pressure of information overload and the technology of the ‘instantly available.’”
As we are drained of our “inner repertory of dense cultural inheritance,” Foreman concluded, we risk turning into “pancake people—spread wide and thin as we connect with that vast network of information accessed by the mere touch of a button.” —Playwright Richard Foreman, as quoted from a passage out of Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
Jonathon Keats in How Science and Technology Influence Language : NPR
Got to get my hands on Keats’ book, “Virtual Words: Language on the Edge of Science and Technology.”
Maybe Santa brought it…