The Twitter trap

Bill Keller wrote an excellent article in The New York Times. After reading, my first reaction was I could have written this piece myself, it sounds just like me — only better, more concise and to the point. A couple of quotes: 

I don’t mean to be a spoilsport, and I don’t think I’m a Luddite. […] I get that the Web reaches and engages a vast, global audience, that it invites participation and facilitates — up to a point — newsgathering. But before we succumb to digital idolatry, we should consider that innovation often comes at a price. And sometimes I wonder if the price is a piece of ourselves.

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My father, who was trained in engineering at M.I.T. in the slide-rule era, often lamented the way the pocket calculator, for all its convenience, diminished my generation’s math skills. Many of us have discovered that navigating by G.P.S. has undermined our mastery of city streets and perhaps even impaired our innate sense of direction. Typing pretty much killed penmanship. Twitter and YouTube are nibbling away at our attention spans. And what little memory we had not already surrendered to Gutenberg we have relinquished to Google. Why remember what you can look up in seconds?

It’s really a worthwhile read. The article is rather short, but quite thought-provoking. Be sure to follow the links in it as well.

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