We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In media, connectivity is all about getting content out in as many ways possible, as quickly as you can. There is no worrying about how information is processed. When there were limited forms of media outlets, the ability to add discussion (Op/Ed pieces in print, news shows on TV) created some context and helped the information flow. With the myriad resources available today, and the speed at which information arrives, context is being pushed to the side in favor of raw data. The medium is no longer the message. The message predominates.
How is this impacting youth?
It's troubling question, leading researchers to address the different potential outcomes. There are indications that people's brains are becoming 'wired' differently. But whether that wiring is improving decision making or analysis is open to question.
My point of view is that shortened attention spans and more breadth of knowledge (exchanged for less depth) is the likely outcome, which is not necessarily beneficial.
the immersive nature of 24/7 connectedness creates the illusion that Millennials can somehow tap into a form of collective intelligence just by being online, while looking impatiently for messages every three minutes.
There is considerable redundancy of information on the Web. There is a need for a filter that compresses messages into unique content.
Also, there are many time-wasting links, especially on news aggregators, that are entitled something like "Wow" or "Incredible." These links waste a lot of time since they don't tell web surfers anything about the information at the destination.
Finally, there should be a genre filter that masks information in fields of no interest to web surfers.
Less depth?! I just observe my daughter and despair. They can't even pick up a book and read, with the incessant demands from all their idiot friends to talk to me and comment on my status. They are learning nothing. They no longer even have the willpower to put the connecting device aside or turn if off, lest they miss the latest Most Vital News! An incessant, never-ending primate chattering, always talking, saying nothing.
When all of everyone's life is online, everything online is banal. The only way to stand out is to do something truly outrageous. Anything productive, valuable, must be done offline: so nothing will ever get done.
We are the last generation to have ever read a book. If you are less than twenty years old, you will never read or pick up a book again. If you are less than ten years old, what's a book?