Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Information Overload

Wow! After reading the two articles by Baron and Carr I feel like I have information overload!!!

In Carr's piece I was struck by his discussion of the clock and how it made people manage to eat, sleep, work, etc. etc. around time. As he states, "...we stopped listening to our senses and started obeying the clock." Our brains became like clocks he alleges. Furthermore, in the digital age our brains are becoming like computers. I'm not sure if this is entirely true but Carr says, "... the result is to scatter our attention and diffuse our concentration." Couldn't he just have ADD or something? The whole piece is a metaphor of how we are losing our ability to think in a way he finds satisfying. He thinks the world is going to end.

Anyways, while there may be criticism of computers, like the printing press - whose inception was criticized - computers have had a far reaching effect on our society for better and worse, and its easier just to change with times and go with the flow instead of being whiny about it.

I suppose in Baron's article the scroll and codexes are supposed to be text on the computer and ipad. But I don't understand the differences between the texts; isn't reading reading no matter what the format?? For me the internet is like a big dictionary and you choose what to find in it. Reading is reading is reading is reading. Some of the same problems can pop up with reading codexes and the ipad such as font size. The way we read can be due to individual differences. These people think too much!!!


  1. I like how you work in the piece about how we function around the direction of a clock. This is very true. I do believe though you could have went more into metaphors, and maybe showed more examples.

  2. I agree with the ADD idea and I love your use of metaphors and how you made your points for or against the metaphor.