We all wonder about the internet, are too many catzburgerz overloading our brains with mortifying stupidty? Are our kids going to be able to think for themselves, without Googling every question they have?
The old interweb allows us to take a bloody good idea and get friends, collegues and strangers to enjoy it, amplify it, correct it, as well as misunderstand and degrade it.
By far the best (short) (readble) (entertaining) article I’ve read on this topic is by Thomas Rogers. He’s penned a great interview with David Weinberger, a senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
We all love a bit of Havard to make us feel smart again, after way too many Lolz pics. Rogers and Weinberger take a look at the widening aperture of information, the rise of the networked fact and what Darwin would do with the intertubes.
A highly recommended read: http://www.salon.com/2012/01/01/are_we_on_information_overload/