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    Re: The internet

    The bond between book reader and book writer has always been a tightly symbiotic one, a means of intellectual and artistic cross-fertilization. The words of the writer act as a catalyst in the mind of the reader, inspiring new insights, associations, and perceptions, sometimes even epiphanies. And the very existence of the attentive, critical reader provides the spur for the writerís work. It gives the author the confidence to explore new forms of expression, to blaze difficult and demanding paths of thought, to venture into uncharted and sometimes hazardous territory. ďAll great men have written proudly, nor cared to explain,Ē said Emerson. ďThey knew that the intelligent reader would come at last, and would thank them.Ē . .
    How does the internet change any of that? The media of communication is evolving away from print, but I don't see how the method of delivery should effect how the reader deals with the information consumed. Weird. The internet makes thanking the author more likely and easily accomplished.


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    End thread. Internet scares old people, as does anything new.
    I think you are dead on right about the author of the book. Clearly he is afraid of the internet and for no logical reason I can attribute to the linked text. He's afraid of life as he knew it, books and a more leisurely society going to the wayside.

    But all old people? I so beg to differ. My dad is 79 and has recently embraced the internet (after avoiding it because he spent the last 35 years using computers to earn his living). He loves that he can access ideas from any realm of humanity and it's spurred him be more engaged in conversation with the younger members of the family. My mom overcame her frustration with it, navigation and the basics of how it works, long ago, so now they have lively more conversations as well.

    The same is true of my in-laws and a dear older friend of mine, but unfortunately not of one of my other 70-something relatives. He refuses to have a computer believing they are some kind of plot and therefore he limits his intake of information to Fox. I'm not joking either.

    Quote Originally Posted by chevydriver1123 View Post
    I dont think its making people lose their reasoning abilities, if anything it encourages people to seek information for themselves instead of relying on older methods of communication.
    I agree! Our natural curiosity and the ease of accessing information on any subject that strikes our fancy is improving our minds. I think anyway. Our intellectual horizons are so greatly broadened compared to a couple generations ago.
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    I don't see how any kid with half a brain can not be an honor roll student thanks to the internet.

    But, why are our schools failing so badly? Is the internet making it too easy for them and making them lazy or do they just spend too much time watching viral videos on it?

    Also I think it it leads many of the kids into plagiarism .


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    Re: The internet

    The most interesting factor concerning the age of information is how much of the information is just plain wrong, false, try again. Yet the bad information still spreads at the speed of broadband. Once it's out there, it can never be completely corrected and will continue to spread until the end of digititis.
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    Re: The internet

    Quote Originally Posted by LiberalAvenger View Post
    I don't see how any kid with half a brain can not be an honor roll student thanks to the internet.

    But, why are our schools failing so badly? Is the internet making it too easy for them and making them lazy or do they just spend too much time watching viral videos on it?

    Also I think it it leads many of the kids into plagiarism .

    Why schools are failing, is a whole different subject. They've been failing for decades but as for how much can be attributed to the internet? To the extent that kids are distracted by viral videos, yes, but not in an overall way.

    That information is easy to access should make completing assignments easy as well.

    I think plagiarism is a more serious concern. Without the internet, kids have done it, but I think it is more prevalent now. I would like to see a section on the discussion of plagiarism and how to avoid it, introduced into the English studies curriculum. Starting in elementary school.

    Our outmoded educational system has not caught up to it. I know from my experience with my kids, it is only lightly touched upon, as in the first day of class they are given expectations and told "Don't do it". That's it??
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    I got my thoughts back together and honestly, I think ... KITTEN!!!!



    GRRRR! Internet!
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    Re: The internet

    I think the inerwebz is good and bad.. There is a deep dark underbelly and it destroys people that get addicted to it.

    I also feel we are way oversensitized which makes humans desensitized which can probably lead to mental illness.
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    Re: The internet

    Quote Originally Posted by LiberalAvenger View Post
    There is a new book out about the internet and how it is ****ing up our brains.

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    I think the internet and other modern communication devices are making us lose much of our own reasoning abilities.
    What the hell?

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    Re: The internet

    I suspect that mass communications and the infotech phenomenon has both good and bad effects. Good in that one can retrieve information about virtually any subject. Bad in that being electronically "connected" to anyone anywhere seems to bring out obsessive-compulsive tendencies and lessens a grounded sense of wellbeing that spending time alone can cultivate. I've never seen such insecurity and a constant need to communicate as I see with many people (primarily young, but also some middle-agers) today. As an example, a couple of weeks ago, my cell phone rang 6 times within about 2 minutes at 1:00 AM. It was a wrong number, and the young girl was frantic abount having left her phone in a friend's car. Panicked is the term that comes to mind.
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