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Metzger&Flanagin,2013(JoP) How Much of the Internet Is Hidden? - Seeker - Video. Related on TestTube:Who Created the Internet?

How Much of the Internet Is Hidden? - Seeker - Video

How Do Conspiracy Theories get started? Each week on TestTubePlus, we cover one topic from multiple angles and perspectives, and this week Trace tackles something most of us take for granted but dominates our lives: the internet. Yesterday, he went over what exactly the internet is and how it works. Today, he's going to try and figure out: exactly how big is the internet, and how much of it is hidden from search engines? As discussed yesterday, when the internet first came online back in 1969, it consisted of just four computers. So what is happening on the other 99.996 percent of the internet? TestTube Plus is built for enthusiastic science fans seeking out comprehensive conversations on the geeky topics they love. Learn More: How Big Is The Internet? How We Think: John Dewey on the Art of Reflection and Fruitful Curiosity in an Age of Instant Opinions and Information Overload.

Decades before Carl Sagan published his now-legendary Baloney Detection Kit for critical thinking, the great philosopher, psychologist, and education reformer John Dewey penned the definitive treatise on the subject — a subject all the more urgently relevant today, in our age of snap judgments and instant opinions.

How We Think: John Dewey on the Art of Reflection and Fruitful Curiosity in an Age of Instant Opinions and Information Overload

In his 1910 masterwork How We Think (free download; public library), Dewey examines what separates thinking, a basic human faculty we take for granted, from thinking well, what it takes to train ourselves into mastering the art of thinking, and how we can channel our natural curiosity in a productive way when confronted with an overflow of information. Dewey begins with the foundation of reflective thought, the defining quality of the fruitful, creative mind: Such thoughts grow up unconsciously and without reference to the attainment of correct belief.

They are picked up — we know not how. Googlethink - Nicholas Carr. Jacob Thomas I type the letter p into Google’s search box, and a list of 10 suggested keywords, starting with pandora and concluding with people magazine, appears just beneath my cursor.

Googlethink - Nicholas Carr

I type an r after the p, and the list refreshes itself. How Trigger Warnings Are Hurting Mental Health on Campus. Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities.

How Trigger Warnings Are Hurting Mental Health on Campus

A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense. Last December, Jeannie Suk wrote in an online article for The New Yorker about law students asking her fellow professors at Harvard not to teach rape law—or, in one case, even use the word violate (as in “that violates the law”) lest it cause students distress. In February, Laura Kipnis, a professor at Northwestern University, wrote an essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education describing a new campus politics of sexual paranoia—and was then subjected to a long investigation after students who were offended by the article and by a tweet she’d sent filed Title IX complaints against her. Wikipedia and the Shifting Definition of 'Expert' - Rebecca J. Rosen.

The expert is dead!

Wikipedia and the Shifting Definition of 'Expert' - Rebecca J. Rosen

Long live the expert! Wikimedia Commons How do we judge whether a person knows what he or she is talking about? Volume 14, No. 1 (Spring 2012) - Why Google Isn’t Making Us Stupid…or Smart - Chad Wellmon. The Hedgehog Review: Vol. 14, No. 1 (Spring 2012) Reprinted from The Hedgehog Review 14.1 (Spring 2012).

Volume 14, No. 1 (Spring 2012) - Why Google Isn’t Making Us Stupid…or Smart - Chad Wellmon

This essay may not be resold, reprinted, or redistributed for compensation of any kind without prior written permission. Please contact The Hedgehog Review for further details. Last year The Economist published a special report not on the global financial crisis or the polarization of the American electorate, but on the era of big data. Article after article cited one big number after another to bolster the claim that we live in an age of information superabundance. Information Overload Is Not a New Problem. There is a wonderful essay in The Hedgehog Review about the promise and perils of information overload.

Information Overload Is Not a New Problem

Titled Why Google Isn’t Making Us Stupid…or Smart, this essay written by Chad Wellmon explores the history of information overload and explores its implications. But Wellmon also spends some time demonstrating that information overload is far from a new problem: These complaints have their biblical antecedents: Ecclesiastes 12:12, “Of making books there is no end”; their classical ones: Seneca, “the abundance of books is a distraction”; and their early modern ones: Leibniz, the “horrible mass of books keeps growing.”

After the invention of the printing press around 1450 and the attendant drop in book prices, according to some estimates by as much as 80 percent, these complaints took on new meaning. Listen. » Living in a Digital World: Rethinking Peer Review, Collaboration, and Open Access Journal of Digital Humanities. Sheila Cavanagh It’s no secret that times are tough for scholars in the humanities.

» Living in a Digital World: Rethinking Peer Review, Collaboration, and Open Access Journal of Digital Humanities

Jobs are scarce, resources are stretched, and institutions of tertiary education are facing untold challenges. Those of us fortunate enough to hold tenured positions at financially stable colleges and universities may be the last faculty to enjoy such comparative privilege. The future shape of the academy is hard to predict, except to acknowledge that it is unlikely to remain static. Our profession is being rapidly reconfigured, but many changes are not happening quickly enough. Failure to redress current circumstances would have serious consequences for the humanities. Is Google Making Us Stupid? Illustration by Guy Billout "Dave, stop.

Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Stop, will you? Stop, Dave. Will you stop, Dave?” So the supercomputer HAL pleads with the implacable astronaut Dave Bowman in a famous and weirdly poignant scene toward the end of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The Networking of Knowledge and Storytelling: David Weinberger for the Future of StoryTelling 2012. Why can’t we read anymore? Spending time with friends, or family, I often feel a soul-deep throb coming from that perfectly engineered wafer of stainless steel and glass and rare earth metals in my pocket.

Why can’t we read anymore?

Touch me. Look at me. You might find something marvellous. This sickness is not limited to when I am trying to read, or once-in-a-lifetime events with my daughter. Steven Pinker and the Internet. As someone who has enjoyed and learned a lot from Steven Pinker’s books about language and cognition, I was disappointed to see the Harvard psychologist write, in Friday’s New York Times, a cursory op-ed column about people’s very real concerns over the Internet’s influence on their minds and their intellectual lives. Pinker seems to dismiss out of hand the evidence indicating that our intensifying use of the Net and related digital media may be reducing the depth and rigor of our thoughts. He goes so far as to assert that such media “are the only things that will keep us smart.” And yet the evidence he offers to support his sweeping claim consists largely of opinions and anecdotes, along with one very good Woody Allen joke.

Resisting the Kindle - Sven Birkerts. The Amazon Kindle—a “new and improved” version of which has just been released—comes on like a technology for our times: crisp, affordable, hugely capacious, capable of connecting to the Internet, and green. How could one argue with any of that? Or with the idea, which I’ve heard voiced over and over, that it will make the reading of texts once again seductive, using the same technology that has drawn people away from the page back to it.

Why, then, am I so uneasy about the page-to-screen transfer—a skeptic if not a downright resister? "Expertise and Authority in an Age of Crowdsourcing," in Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think about Information. Ed. Troy Swanson; Heather Jagman, 191-215. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2015. Marin ook a slighly differen ack, arguing ha academia, in essence, orms a guild inended o accenuae he difference beween he exper and everyone else.

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How you'll get organized: four glimpses of a future without information overload - Opposing Viewpoints in Context. IN the late 1970s, I was thrilled by the ability to send and receive messages through the revolutionary medium then known as "electronic mail. " At about the same time, I began to write my letters, notes, articles, and books--we didn't yet call all such things "documents"--on a computer and store them electronically rather than on cards or papers stuffed into filing cabinets. Interview with Clay Shirky, Part I. 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.

The Filter Bubble. Online Personalization Creates Echo Chamber to Affirm Biases. Could This Be The Most Upworthy Site In The History Of The Internet? Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles" Automation Makes Us Dumb. Artificial intelligence has arrived. Today’s computers are discerning and sharp. They can sense the environment, untangle knotty problems, make subtle judgments and learn from experience. “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”(Britannica Forum: Your Brain Online) In his cover article in the July/August issue of the The Atlantic Monthly (“Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Why Abundance is Good: A Reply to Nick Carr. Neil Postman on "Informing Ourselves to Death" Book Review: ‘Words Onscreen’ by Naomi S. Baron. The Organised Mind: thinking straight in the age of information overload. Speaker(s): Professor Daniel J Levitin Chair: Dr Jonathan Birch Recorded on 26 January 2015 in Old Theatre, Old Building. Clay Shirky: How cognitive surplus will change the world. Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?