back from my autumn blog hiatus
mygma is very sorry. i won’t lament about why, as that is what our internet-it-girls are for, but please accept my apology. i shall recap our internet-it-girl activity in a moment. luckily, my recap will be breif and mainly headlines as Internet users are presently undergoing a transformation of twitter consciousness. recent signs are as follows:
1) september ’08 facebook news feed adoption
2) followed by the nyt sunday mag explaining, “No one is reading a six-part investigative series about mayoral malfeasance on Twitter”. oh, is that why print is dying?
3) gawker gets a twitter-esque makeover last week: “This new condensed format, which is being deployed across the entire Gawker Media empire this afternoon, will make it easier to scan more headlines and speed up the page load time. …One of the drawbacks of the traditional blog format is that great stories that we post in the morning can get buried by the afternoon.” evidence that “new” is obsolete in a world that updates by the microsecond.
so, unfortunately, not only was nicholas carr correct in asking “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”, in terms of the deterioration of memory, but also his examination of web-reading preferring “efficiency” and “immediacy” over traditional (print) reading that allows for textual interpretation, making rich mental connections, and overall becoming a more intelligent person is long gone. yikes. (and further apologies if this post was too long for you, i’ll try to think less of your literacy in my next post.)