Is Google Making Us Stoopid?Jaclyn Lee ParrottRuth Pagell adapted from Rich Gazan
Is Google Making Us Stupid? By Nicholas Carr Media not passive channels of information-supply stuff ofthought and shape p...
“in the future the system must be first”~Frederick Winslow TaylorPlastic Brain“intellectual technologies”Intellectual e...
Driven to distractionIs intelligence only output of mechanicalprocess?“Cease to exercise their memory and becomeforgetfu...
Skeptical of skepticism“Perhaps… from our hyperactive, data-stokedminds will spring a golden age of intellectualdiscovery...
How Stupid is Google Making Us? ~William BadkeRapid growth in technology – “shorter and faster”Digital natives vs. digit...
iBrain GenerationPriorities are differentProblem: Doing arises from knowingOptimize brain use through shapinginformatio...
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  • Mind is changing Media affects processing Bruce Friedman, a pathologist, his thinking has taken on a “staccato quality” Neural circuits inside brains shaped by technology used
  • Nerve cells routinely break old connections and form new ones, reprograms Intellectual technologies – tools extend mental rather than physical capacities, take on qualities of technologies – Daniel Bell, sociologist Communications system plays so many roles in our lives- broad influence over thoughts Algorithm – Internet a machine for one best method to carry out every mental movement of what we’ve come to describe as knowledge work Google – understands what you mean and gives you back what you want
  • Google – search engine as artificial intelligence, human brain outdated computer that needs a faster processor and a bigger hard drive
  • Deep reading – contemplation, intellectual vibrations, making associations, inferences, and analogies within minds which gives ideas
  • Not taking time to sort through best results E-books – keyword search to right stuff Both had similar brain activity when reading longer text Dig immigrants took only 5 days of using internet to use the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex like natives Brain adapts to electronic information environment by training self to use part that processes large amounts of data more easily Gains in one area/less use in another
  • Google not making us stupid, but shallow iBrainers need a knowledge base and enough deep thinking ability to optimize their information literacy skills As information professionals, we need to challenge users to see research as a quest – a problem solving task that involves thinking through and evaluating evidence on the way to solution
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    1. 1. Is Google Making Us Stoopid?Jaclyn Lee ParrottRuth Pagell adapted from Rich Gazan
    2. 2. Is Google Making Us Stupid? By Nicholas Carr Media not passive channels of information-supply stuff ofthought and shape process ~Marshall McLuhan, media theorist 1960s Thinking is changing… Internet controlling… Capacity for concentration and contemplation “We are not only what we read… we are how we read.”~Maryanne Wolf, developmental psychologist Technology used shapes neural circuits inside brains affectingcognitionRuth Pagell adapted from Rich Gazan
    3. 3. “in the future the system must be first”~Frederick Winslow TaylorPlastic Brain“intellectual technologies”Intellectual ethic obscureThe perfect algorithmGoogle, “the perfect search engine”Ruth Pagell adapted from Rich Gazan
    4. 4. Driven to distractionIs intelligence only output of mechanicalprocess?“Cease to exercise their memory and becomeforgetful” ~Socrates on the development of writingIntellectual laziness, weaker minds ~HumanistHieronimo Squarciafico on Gutenberg printing pressRuth Pagell adapted from Rich Gazan
    5. 5. Skeptical of skepticism“Perhaps… from our hyperactive, data-stokedminds will spring a golden age of intellectualdiscovery and universal wisdom”“Deep reading… is indistinguishable fromdeep thinking” ~MaryAnne WolfWide and thinRuth Pagell adapted from Rich Gazan
    6. 6. How Stupid is Google Making Us? ~William BadkeRapid growth in technology – “shorter and faster”Digital natives vs. digital immigrantsReading text vs. internet sessionsBrain trainingDigital experience-rapid processing of data –reject and synthesizeRuth Pagell adapted from Rich Gazan
    7. 7. iBrain GenerationPriorities are differentProblem: Doing arises from knowingOptimize brain use through shapinginformation literacy skillsResearch is a deep thought exerciseRuth Pagell adapted from Rich Gazan

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