Pancake People Alert.

October 29, 2009 at 10:53 pm (Uncategorized)

“Evolving under the pressure of information overload and the technology of the ‘instantly available,’” we lose our repertoire and become, “Spread wide and thin as we connect with that vast network of information accessed by the mere touch of a button” (Richard Foreman).

There is no doubt that living in an instant gratification society the World Wide Web has made life such an ease, to be able to enter a word and be given a list of answers, rather than finding the book then having to actually read to find your answer. The Internet provides a ubiquity of text, which has created a different kind of reading thus leading to a different way of thinking. The internet has altered mental habits, transforming people into, “mere decoders of information” (Maryanne Wolf).

The new form of reading is now scanning, or browsing for the right headline or abstract. With the internet you can avoid traditional reading all together, practically. The internet has absorbed a medium and is changing the way it not only works but they way we think about it. Whereas the medium used to be the printing press the internet has now replaced that. With the immediate satisfaction of information society’s concentration level and attention span is diminishing. With websites imbedding, tagging and hyperlinking information, the internet has become far more efficient.

What advantages do you have reading a book opposed to searching the web? No pop-ups, no computer crash, won’t freeze, no overload and books can give you information without needing electricity.


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