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Jeg har «lånt» dette fra en, for meg, veldig interessant blogg http://www.britannica.com/blogs.

Dette er hentet fra bloggposten «Is Google Making Us Stupid?»

In his cover article in the July/August issue of the The Atlantic Monthly (”Is Google Making Us Stupid?“), Nicholas Carr raises what for some will be an alarming prospect: that we may soon face the end of reading, the end of thinking, and the end of culture as we have known them for hundreds of years, thanks to the Internet and the dramatic ways in which it is reshaping the way we learn, interact, and express ourselves.

He begins with a personal reflection:

“Over the past few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory. My mind isn’t going—so far as I can tell—but it’s changing. I’m not thinking the way I used to think. I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading. Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy. My mind would get caught up in the narrative or the turns of the argument, and I’d spend hours strolling through long stretches of prose. That’s rarely the case anymore. Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do. I feel as if I’m always dragging my wayward brain back to the text. The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle.”

Carr believes the problem stems from the years he has spent on the Internet. For a writer, researcher, and blogger like him, the Net has been a blessing, he admits, putting hitherto unprecedented volumes of information at his fingertips. But the blessing has also been a curse because of how the Internet does it. “My mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles,” he says. “Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.”

Hvis du har lyst kan du lese hele artikkelen til Nicholas Carr her. Han har noen klare uttalelser om Google:

Google’s headquarters, in Mountain View, California—the Googleplex—is the Internet’s high church, and the religion practiced inside its walls is Taylorism. Google, says its chief executive, Eric Schmidt, is “a company that’s founded around the science of measurement,” and it is striving to “systematize everything” it does. Drawing on the terabytes of behavioral data it collects through its search engine and other sites, it carries out thousands of experiments a day, according to the Harvard Business Review, and it uses the results to refine the algorithms that increasingly control how people find information and extract meaning from it. What Taylor did for the work of the hand, Google is doing for the work of the mind.

The company has declared that its mission is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” It seeks to develop “the perfect search engine,” which it defines as something that “understands exactly what you mean and gives you back exactly what you want.” In Google’s view, information is a kind of commodity, a utilitarian resource that can be mined and processed with industrial efficiency. The more pieces of information we can “access” and the faster we can extract their gist, the more productive we become as thinkers.

Jeg er ikke helt enig med han i alt han skriver i artikkelen sin men det er interessante synspunkter. Jeg synes det er noe å tenke på i forbindelse med The Gutenberg Parenthesis. Mange diskuterer dette. Her er en link til et innlegg av Jakob Nielsen (som vi nylig har lest en webartikkel av).

Jeg håper ikke Google gjør meg dum -jeg tror ikke det. Jeg tror de ulike søkemaskinene gjør det mulig for meg å få en bredere horrisont. De kunnskapene jeg kan finne frem til gir meg muligheten til å lese mange synspunkt raskt og dermed en mulighet til mer kvalifiserte meninger. Men jeg må vite hva jeg leter etter og hvor og hvordan jeg skal søke for å finne det. Så det krever en bevisst intelligent bruk av søkemaskiner. Jeg er ikke sikker på om jeg ønsker meg en Google som straks skjønner hva jeg mener. Jeg vil helst være den mest intelligente av meg og Google 🙂

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