Stop reading this

With the Internet, “the promise is of infinite knowledge, but what’s delivered is infinite information, and the two are hardly the same…. Brain studies show that true learning is largely an unconscious process. If we’re inundated with data, our brains’ synthesizing functions are overwhelmed by the effort to keep up. And the original purpose – deeper knowledge of the subject – is lost….
I’m not wishing the Internet away. It has become so integral to my work – to my life – that I honestly can’t recall what I did without it…. [Yet] as alluring as we can find the perpetual pursuit of little thoughts, the net result may only be to prevent us from forming the big ones.”
— Peggy Orenstein
NY Times Magazine, October 25, 2009

One Response to “Stop reading this”

  1. W.C. Varones Says:

    They were all in love with dying
    They were drinking from a fountain
    That was pouring like an avalanche
    Coming down the mountain

    Probably best to unplug for days or weeks at a time. But thank God for the internet which is transformational in its power to unite citizens to battle the media-government complex. An Army of Davids has dealt a mortal blow to networks and the New York Times, and we’re coming for Washington next!

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