Information and the Future

This is the blog of the Information and the Future task force of the Rolfing Library at Trinity International University. The IF task force exists to explore the role of libraries in the future of Christian higher education.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

On Becoming Stupid

Another article, this one from the Times Online, on how the digital age is making us stupid by ruining our ability to concentrate. In addition to referencing the "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" essay, it discusses a new book on the topic, Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age, by Maggie Jackson and Bill McKibben. A lot of what he says in the article makes sense to me, as unnerving as that is.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Tweet Tweet

Just found this article on Twitter. I realize Twitter is not real new but we were recently discussing it and scratching our heads trying to figure out why (1 million) people would be micro-blogging.

The article gives some examples of general and library uses. If you have a chance to start our summer book, how do you think Shane Hipps' analysis would apply to Twitter?

Maybe ... it extends our ability to observe others with our eyes and ears; it recaptures living and working in close proximity; taken to an extreme our lives can be lost in a pile of tweets;

PS a Twitter entry is restricted to 140 characters this post is 530 characters long.