Another depressing analysis of the signs of our time
The author, Nicholas Carr, is credible, though sometimes I wish he weren’t. He writes at Rough Type, if you are stalwart enough for more. I have been reading his posts, now and then, for several years.
“It would be nice if we could engineer a more informed citizenry by simply cranking up the flow of information. But we can’t. Despite being inundated with data and messages, Americans today don’t seem any better informed than they were before the arrival of the Web.
A Pew Research Center study found that Americans’ knowledge of current affairs didn’t change significantly between 1989 and 2007, the two decades when online information stores, news sites and sharing tools exploded. And the least informed age group remained the youngest, the 18- to 29-year-old’s who are also the most avid users of social media. ‘Digital revolutions,’ the researchers concluded, ‘have had little impact on how much Americans know about national and international affairs.’”
Apparently, there is also Rougher Type. The author is the same, but the content is more mild. I hope it continues.
Now THIS is interesting! I found a March 2007 post written by Biz Stone of Twitter founder fame. @biz critiques …. Nicholas Carr’s critique of Twitter! It is quite sweet-natured and of course, very meta in hindsight.