re: Is Google Bad For Your Brain?
Great commentary by Tom Claburn.
The navies of the world still put their midshipman on sail boats to give them a dose of reality, the power of the wind and sea, as opposed to the power of steel propellers and diesel engines. On some larger scale, we need to keep our youth anchored to the real world and not let them slip into an artificial, digital envelope from which they peer out on the world with fear and loathing. I'm not sure we know how to do this yet. Our love of consumer technology will make the sheltering envelope ubiquitous. It both contains elements of reality and competes with it. That is, it poses a new, alternative reality that may overwhelm some needed elements of the physical world. Understanding human relationships and face to face, human reactions on the street can't be learned on Facebook. Five years from now, will 14-year-olds know how to tell which direction they're facing, or will they need Google Maps? Charlie Babcock, senior writer, InformationWeek