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

IASC: The Hedgehog Review - 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). 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. Some see this as information abundance, others as information overload. The more pressing, if more complex, task of our digital age, then, lies not in figuring out what comes after the yottabyte, but in cultivating contact with an increasingly technologically formed world.2 In order to understand how our lives are already deeply formed by technology, we need to consider information not only in the abstract terms of terrabytes and zettabytes, but also in more cultural terms. Two Narratives Too Many Books Enlightenment Reading Technologies Endnotes Related:  Is Google Making Us Stupid?riksel

La argumentación Siempre he sido -habla Mairena a sus alumnos de Retórica- enemigo de lo que hoy llamamos, con expresión tan ambiciosa como absurda, educación física. No hay que educar físicamente a nadie. Os lo dice un profesor de Gimnasia. Para crear hábitos saludables, que nos acompañen toda la vida, no hay peor camino que el de la gimnasia y los deportes que son ejercicios mecanizados, en cierto sentido abstractos, desintegrados, tanto de la vida animal como de la ciudadana. Aun suponiendo que estos ejercicios sean saludables -y es mucho suponer-, nunca han de sernos de gran provecho, porque no es fácil que nos acompañen sino durante algunos años de nuestra efímera existencia. Information Overload Is Not a New Problem | Science Blogs There is a wonderful essay in The Hedgehog Review about the promise and perils of information overload. 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.” Ultimately, it’s how we deal with this information that is important, and Wellmon further shows that much of the ways that we deal with the information around us also have their antecedents throughout history (see, for example, the section titled “Enlightenment Reading Technologies”). Go Back to Top.

Is Google Making Us Stupid? Illustration by Guy Billout "Dave, stop. Stop, will you? I can feel it, too. I think I know what’s going on. For me, as for others, the Net is becoming a universal medium, the conduit for most of the information that flows through my eyes and ears and into my mind. I’m not the only one. Bruce Friedman, who blogs regularly about the use of computers in medicine, also has described how the Internet has altered his mental habits. Anecdotes alone don’t prove much. It is clear that users are not reading online in the traditional sense; indeed there are signs that new forms of “reading” are emerging as users “power browse” horizontally through titles, contents pages and abstracts going for quick wins. Thanks to the ubiquity of text on the Internet, not to mention the popularity of text-messaging on cell phones, we may well be reading more today than we did in the 1970s or 1980s, when television was our medium of choice. Reading, explains Wolf, is not an instinctive skill for human beings.

The Rust Belt of France: Montpellier My wife and I have been living in France for the past nine months in a city near the Mediterranean coast. But it’s not quite what you think. It’s not Paris, or the French Riviera, or some quaint little town surrounded by vineyards in the countryside. We live in Montpellier, the largest city in France’s poorest region, the Languedoc-Roussillon, which has the highest jobless rate in a country that just hit a twelve-year high for unemployment. In other words, we live in the Rust Belt of France. Before we moved here we had, like most Americans, imagined France to be a place of bustling outdoor cafés, sprawling esplanades, grands chateaux, fois gras, and day-drinking. But there’s another France down here in the Languedoc-Roussillon that permeates our idyllic France. If you’re able to look past all its problems, though, Montpellier itself is a lovely city — one of the best in the south of France. And then we got here. It didn’t work. Every Sunday in Mosson there’s a sprawling flea market.

Url Decoder Home > Research Help > General Research Help Topics > Evaluating Internet Information > Url Decoder Uniform Resource Locators, or URLs, are the Internet addresses that you see on the Location bars at the top or bottom of your Web browser (e.g., Netscape or Internet Explorer). URLs provide a standard format for the transmission and reception of a wide variety of information types. transfer Every URL must have at least the first two elements shown above (the information directly before and after the //). Understanding the different elements of URLs will help you know what to expect before you click on a link. The first part of the URL indicates what type of information is being transferred and, usually, what port (or "door") to the server is being accessed.

Wikipedia and the Shifting Definition of 'Expert' - Rebecca J. Rosen The expert is dead! Long live the expert! Wikimedia Commons How do we judge whether a person knows what he or she is talking about? How do we gauge someone's credibility? At least in part, we rely on a set of cues -- titles, university degrees, papers published, lectures given -- that have long been bound up in the concept of "expertise". Part of the beauty of Wikipedia is the hope that through its openness and its anonymity it could democratize the process of how knowledge gets built and organized. But, of course, this kind of collaboration doesn't itself imply the absence of expertise. So "experts" in the traditional sense (e.g. academic pedigrees) do still matter in this collaborative environment. They write (pdf): "We define an editor e's interest in a Wikipedia article a as the mean similarity between e's search queries and a ... The rest of their study fills out the picture of Wikipedia's editors a bit, based on browsing history.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Apple's '1984' Super Bowl Ad (Like How It Almost Didn't Air) Auto High (HD) Medium Low Captions will look like this GeorgiaPalatino LinotypeTimes New RomanArialArial BlackComic Sans MSImpactLucida Sans UnicodeTahomaTrebuchet MSVerdanaCourier NewLucida Console 100% (opaque)75% (transparency)50% (transparency)25% (transparency) Super Bowl XLIX — and those much-anticipated Super Bowl ads — are just a few days away, but people still talk about the ad many have called the greatest Super Bowl commercial of all time: Apple's "1984" commercial, the one that launched the Macintosh. Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the spot, directed by Ridley Scott, the future Oscar nominee who had just directed Blade Runner. The "1984" ad itself was just as groundbreaking, not only leading Apple to more than $150 million in sales in the first 100 days of the Mac's debut, but also introducing the idea of the Super Bowl ad as entertainment, a part of the Super Bowl broadcast that is, for some viewers, the reason for tuning in on game day. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Tehran Politics: Are the Mullahs Losing Their Grip? “You are not a wise man, you tyrant,” raps the Iranian female singer Bahar. “Why do your clothes smell like blood? . . . Why do you crush this cry for justice? The people don’t deserve such disdain.” Her chiding words against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei go to the heart of the problem that the Islamic Republic faces: the growing illegitimacy of a cruel and inaccessible theocracy whose control over Iran might well be slipping. Throughout Iran’s history, political power has clustered around strongmen—often shahs or kings until the Islamic revolution of 1979—rather than institutions. As the executive center’s authority has grown, the president and his supporters have come to believe that the “period of religious politics will soon be over” (in the words of Ahmadinejad’s controversial and secularist chief of staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei), leading them to hazard acts of increasing independence from the theocrats in both domestic and foreign affairs. Related Essay Jamsheed K.

Search Engine Showdown: The Users' Guide to Web Searching How Trigger Warnings Are Hurting Mental Health on Campus Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. 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. In June, a professor protecting himself with a pseudonym wrote an essay for Vox describing how gingerly he now has to teach. How Did We Get Here? The Thinking Cure 1. 2. 3.