Google and Electracy

I’ll start by summarizing the article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”

I think i enjoyed this article so much because I could relate to it so well. I too have a short attention span so it was nice to hear someone recognize that maybe its not my fault for that. What I took away from the article was that our way of processing information has changed drastically because the way we receive and retrieve information as changed so drastically as well. Life is so fast paced that you can’t blame anyone for wanting to get the information they need as quickly as possible. Because of this however, we have taught our brains to skim for the information we want to know rather than taking the article or material as a whole and absorbing everyone it has to offer.

Especially as a college student, saving time is a priority. It’s interesting to wonder if we have always been in search of the most efficient way of gathering information or if the internet and new technologies have pushed us towards that result. Obviously it is our goal as a society to try and advance ourselves as much as possible, but could it ever be possible that we let the technology get away from us? For instance, the fact that Sergey Brin and Larry page, the founders of Google, are trying to create technology that is even smarter than the human brain is absolute absurd to me. But then when I think about it, isn’t that why we have the internet and things like Google or Bing in the first place? So that when we don’t know the answer we can somehow find out?

The second article that we read is definitely not one that I’ll be referring to any of my friends. Ulmer’s “Introduction: Electracy” is hard to follow because he references so many obscure terms and compares things and ideas without making it clear that he is, in fact, comparing them. The only idea that I could really pull from this article was that entertainment (as in the internet and other media forms) creates the large framework for modern communication that most of us are familiar with now but this would not be possible if we didn’t have the original apparatuses like the alphabet and science to hold it together. Just as Ulmer references in the article “innovation involves the retrieval of some features from the cultural archive through to be obsolete.” I for one do not think about the importance of the alphabet on a daily basis, but without it, we would still be no where near as tech-savy of a civilization as we are today.


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