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September 29, 2013

At Sea In the Dataverse

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The sea of trivial or false or empty data is millions of times larger now.
Kraus was merely prognosticating when he envisioned a day when people had forgotten how to add and subtract; now it's hard to get through a meal with friends without somebody reaching for an iPhone to retrieve the kind of fact it used to be the brain's responsibility to remember. The techno-boosters, of course, see nothing wrong here. They point out that human beings have always outsourced memory -- to poets, historians, spouses, books. But I'm enough of a child of the 60s to see a difference between letting your spouse remember your nieces' birthdays and handing over basic memory function to a global corporate system of control. Jonathan Franzen: what's wrong with the modern world | Books | The Guardian

Posted by gerardvanderleun at September 29, 2013 10:48 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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