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Is Google Making Us Stupid?

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Nicholas G. Carr

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Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.“

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  • Now I say No its not making us Stupid but it is making them!
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  • I want to tell the world of the DISGUST I found at Sydney University about this presentation and the JEALOUSY of the Teacher Amit Kelkar and co at that University. Because this Presentation reached the front page of SLIDESHARE. This so called man and unethical poor substitution of a Teacher marks this LOW??? He also behind my back without saying anything marks me LOW very low for Participation as He felt I took over the class. That's his feeling and LACK of professionalism like may other others in the University system. I missed out on a MASTER of DIGITAL COMMUNICATION because of this. Many OVERSEAS Students were very disappointed at the lack of professionalism and Ethics of Sydney University!!!
    I also had my Car broken into at Sydney University Car park at $28 a day and between the security and NSW Police they LOST the CCTV. I have conformation that it was sent by Security but again the NSW POLICE LOST the CCTV footage.( that was the 4TH CCTV footage to be lost by NSW POLICE???) I am sick and tired of the lack of professionalism and ethics displayed in NSW as a Whole!!! They with NSW POLICE are an embarrassment to Australia and the World!!! However there was some Good Teachers and people there!!!

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    Craig Betts
    http://members.optusnet.com.au/craig.betts/
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  • Thank you all for the nice comment, downloads and People who have favored this presentation. It was a privilege to be featured on Slideshares front page.

    It is amazing and should be noted how in this day and age we do more than skim just on the Internet. I think peoples reading style has changed from using the Internet with everything they read and now write such as 'twitter'.

    The end pages of presentation I also discuss the way we represent thinking has changed as well, The Thinker, The Light bulb, The diskette , computer to now the internet such as ’Google’.
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  • Both!--Lazy & stupid!... You are right, and I will add something Zombie!...We lived in generation where people don't think anymore by themself; they are the product of canned society (internet & google etc...), with a label on it. The modern society don't ask people to think & understand anymore, but to gently follow the crowd. No more innovation but reproduction,duplication.
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    • Is Google Making Us Stupid?
      By Nicholas G. Carr
      Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.“
      A Presentation by Craig Betts
    • Nicholas G. Carrhttp://www.nicholasgcarr.com/
      http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/185695/september-25-2008/nicholas-carr
      Digital Enterprise : How to Reshape Your Business for a Connected World (2001)
      Does IT Matter? (2004)
      The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google (2008)
      Nick wrote the much-discussed article "Is Google Making Us Stupid?," which appeared as the cover story of the Atlantic Monthly's Ideas issue in the summer of 2008. He has also written for the New York Times, Wired, the Guardian, the Financial Times, Strategy & Business, Advertising Age, and many other periodicals. He has written a personal blog, Rough Type, since 2005. In 2008, he was named to the Encyclopaedia Britannica's editorial board of advisors.
    • Marshall McLuhan- The medium is the message
      Herbert Marshall McLuhan, CC (July 21, 1911 – December 31, 1980) was a Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar — a professor of English literature, a literary critic, a rhetorician, and a communication theorist. McLuhan's work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory.
      McLuhan is known for the expressions "the medium is the message" and "global village". McLuhan was a fixture in media discourse from the late 1960s to his death and he continues to be an influential and controversial figure. More than ten years after his death he was named the "patron saint" of Wired magazine.
      ........As the media theorist Marshall McLuhan pointed out in the 1960s, media are not just passive channels of information. They supply the stuff of thought, but they also shape the process of thought. And what the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation. My mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles.
    • Rough Type
      Banished
      JUNE 24, 2009
      Do not ask for whom the Google tolls. It tolls for me.
      I woke up this morning to discover that I no longer exist. The entire contents of this blog has been erased from Google's index. Every post. Every last bon mot. Gone. Without a trace.
      Here, by way of illustration, is what you'll get if you google the word "google" and restrict the search to the roughtype.com domain:
      Now I know how Adam and Eve felt after God kicked their sorry asses out of Eden.
      I'm on my knees. Please, Google, I beg of you, let me back into the promised land. I swear I'll never use Bing again.
      UPDATE: I'm unbanished. See comments for details.
      Posted by nick at June
    • The main thrust of the Article
      The more they use the Web, the more they have to fight to stay focused on long pieces of writing. Some of the bloggers I follow have also begun mentioning the phenomenon. Scott Karp, who writes a blog about online media, recently confessed that he has stopped reading books altogether. “I was a lit major in college, and used to be [a] voracious book reader,” he wrote. “What happened?” He speculates on the answer: “What if I do all my reading on the web not so much because the way I read has changed, i.e. I’m just seeking convenience, but because the way I THINK has changed?”
    • A cyber briefing paperinformation behaviour ofthe researcher of the future11 January 2008- University College London
      http://www.bl.uk/news/pdf/googlegen.pdf
    • What is the “google generation”?
      The `Google generation’ is a popular phrase that
      refers to a generation of young people, born after
      1993, that is growing up in a world dominated by the
      internet.
      Most students entering our colleges and universities today
      are younger than the microcomputer, are more comfortable
      working on a keyboard than writing in a spiral notebook, and
      are happier reading from a computer screen than from paper
      in hand. Constant connectivity – being in touch with friends
      and family at any time and from any place – is of utmost
      importance 1
      According to Wikipedia, the phrase has entered
      popular usage as “a shorthand way of referring to a
      generation whose first port of call for knowledge is the
      internet and a search engine, Google being the most
      popular”. This is offered in contrast to earlier
      generations who “gained their knowledge through books and conventional libraries”.
    • Our verdict: A qualified yes, but text is still important. As
      technologies improve and costs fall, we expect to see
      video links beginning to replace text in the social
      networking context. However, for library interfaces, there
      is evidence that multimedia can quickly lose its appeal,
      providing short-term novelty.
      They have zero tolerance for delay and their information
      needs must be fulfilled immediately?
      Our verdict: No. We feel that this is a truism of our time
      and there is no hard evidence to suggest that young
      people are more impatient in this regard. All we can do is
      repeat the obvious: that older age groups have memories that pre-date digital media experiences: the younger
      generation does not.
      They prefer visual information over text?
    • Our verdict: On balance, we think this is a myth.
      Research in the specific context of the information
      resources that children prefer and value in a secondary
      school setting shows that teachers, relatives and
      textbooks are consistently valued above the internet.
      We feel this statement has more to do with social
      networking sub-culture and teenagers’ naturally
      rebellious tendencies. Its specific application to the
      world of education and libraries is pretty questionable.
      They need to feel constantly connected to the web*
      Our verdict: We do not believe that this is a specific
      Google generation trait. Recent research by Ofcom21
      shows that the over-65s spend four hours a week longer
      online than 18-24s. We suspect that factors specific to
      the individual, personality and background, are much
      more significant than generation.
      They find their peers more credible as information sources than authority figures?
    • Our verdict: This is a myth. CYBER deep log studies
      show that, from undergraduates to professors, people
      exhibit a strong tendency towards shallow, horizontal,
      `flicking’ behaviour in digital libraries. Power browsing
      and viewing appear to be the norm for all. The popularity
      of abstracts among older researchers rather gives the
      game away. Society is dumbing down.
      http://www.bl.uk/news/pdf/googlegen.pdf
      They prefer quick information in the form of easy digested chunks, rather than full text?
    • Is Google making us stupid? Or maybe lazy?