The Digital Media As A Transformer

After reading two very different articles about digital communications on the Internet, it’s interesting to see how much I was even  able to retain from the articles after reading them straight from my computer screen. Usually, I will print off articles for a class and then read through them with a pen and highlighter making sure I am taking in all the important bits and pieces. I noticed, it was a lot more distracting for myself when I read them off the computer screen and I continually had to re-read paragraphs because I wasn’t grasping their meaning the first time around.

This was the exact point Nicholas Carr was trying to convey in his article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” The Internet has been a cultural revolution for my generation and it has enabled to do things in a more efficient and accessible way than we ever could have imagined. However, does that mean it is “dumbing us down” and we don’t even realize it? Over the holidays and summer vacations, I tend to realize I start to spend way too much time on the Internet, reading mindless articles, playing pointless games, or Facebook stalking middle school friends I haven’t kept up with in years. While the Internet can be an extremely beneficial resource on millions of topics, I believe it is important to practice self-control when it comes to relying too much on the Net.

Another article I read was “Introduction: Electracy”, discussed digital media as a hybrid that will be in constant transition. I guess I had never really put much thought into what the Internet and digital communications world will look like in the future since I grew up in the era when the Internet was first discovered and began transforming people’s everyday lives. It’s interesting to think about the future and how much more we could possibly rely on digital communications and the media than our society already does.

Some questions I think would be interesting in response to this blog post are how is the reliance on the Internet going to effect early education, or has it already had an affect on it? Also, Carr’s article discusses a study on the difference in typing up something on a computer or handwriting it in a notebook. Have you ever noticed the result of your work is better based on whether it was handwritten or typed up? I sure have!

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