Author:: Adam Gopnik new yorker Link:: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/02/14/the-information Tags:#media/article internet social media information age impact of technology

  • Summary::
    • with every new technology, people broadly fall into 3 categories
      • Never betters, better nevers and ever wasers ^22T9_IXV8
        • Never betters ignore how technology overwhelmingly used by powerful people to oppress, not as democratic as made to appear
        • Better nevers say the same thing with every new technology,
    • with internet, it is influencing and changing our behavior in all these vast small in the individual, vast in the aggregate ways but in the end they are just contraptions that are changing the context that we operate in
      • Thoughts are bigger than the things that deliver them. Our contraptions may shape our consciousness, but it is our consciousness that makes our credos, and we mostly live by those.

    • all technology goes through this cycle but there’s a fear that this one is “the one” that breaks the camel’s back
    • pure stupidity is not curable, easy to always blame the new machine and the new media that flows through it as the cause for our constant stupidity
  • notes::
    • If television produced the global village, the Internet produces the global psyche: ^^everyone keyed in like a neuron, so that to the eyes of a watching Martian we are really part of a single planetary brain. ^^Contraptions don’t change consciousness; contraptions are part of consciousness. We may not act better than we used to, but we sure think differently than we did.
    • Cognitive entanglement, after all, is the rule of life. My memories and my wife’s intermingle. When I can’t recall a name or a date, I don’t look it up; I just ask her. Our machines, in this way, become our substitute spouses and plug-in companions”
    • Our trouble is not the over-all absence of smartness but the intractable power of pure stupidity, and no machine, or mind, seems extended enough to cure that.” ^30iMVP0VV
    • “If all you have is a hammer, the saying goes, everything looks like a nail; and, if you think the world is broken, every machine looks like the hammer that broke it.”
    • “at any given moment, our most complicated machine will be taken as a model of human intelligence, and whatever media kids favor will be identified as the cause of our stupidity.”
    • “Yet surely having something wrapped right around your mind is different from having your mind wrapped tightly around something. ==What we live in is not the age of the extended mind but the age of the inverted self==.” ^O9_oxPXHt
    • The real demon in the machine is the tirelessness of the user. A meatless Monday has advantages over enforced vegetarianism, because it helps release the pressure on the food system without making undue demands on the eaters”
    • The peril isn’t that users lose their knowledge of the world. It’s that they can lose all sense of proportion. You can come to think that the armies of Mordor are not just vast and scary, which they are, but limitless and undefeatable, which they aren’t.”
      • everything bad is amplified