A bald girl sitting at her computer, sifting through boring readings whilst eating ramen. While it sounds like the beginning of some indie/alternative movie it is actually my typical Monday afternoon.
All of sudden I stumble upon this little gem of a comment – from my philosophy class, of all classes! (Yes, I’m doing philosophy – no I don’t want to discuss with you if the chicken or the egg came first.)
“We are increasingly time-poor in a data-rich world”
The article focuses on the reinforcement of beliefs particularly in relation to the use of internet. So as I sit with the heater cranked and my face full of noodles I begin to ponder. The internet has become such a huge influence on our lives that it has changed our attitudes and behaviour simply by existing! You know what this means, right? Compare and contrast time, baby.
Think about how information was accessed 7, 8, or 9 years ago. I’m old enough to have experienced the hypnotic sounds of a dial up internet connection while having your Mum yell at you to get off the internet so she can use the phone. Oh. The. Nostalgia.
But before this. Books, books and more books! Information had to be physically gathered. With any system, there are both positive and negative aspects to the art of information hunting before the internet became commercialised in ’95.
1. Information was more credible. The internet allows any one to share anything – the line often becomes blurred between rumour, opinion and fact. As a general rule, one would think a published book would have more standing. Not everyone can publish a book, but how many people can publish a webpage?
2. Researching was a much more valued and was always a constant skill being improved. If you wanted to know why T-rex’s have little arms you would have to know exactly what to look for and where. In comparison, Google sifts and sorts the information for us.
1. Research and fact-finding expeditions would often be much more time-consuming. You would have to physically go to the library, find the relevant information, go home, and eventually bring the book back – or if you’re like me, accumulate over $60 of overdue fees resulting in a borrowing-ban from the library.
2. Information was not updated as rapidly as it is on the internet today. Think about the amount of webpages, and how easily information can be updated, changed, and improved. Books are a much more permanent entity, and it uses a lot more physical resources to create a book than a webpage.
To the whole point of this rambling: How is it that we are so pressed for time, when our resources are a lot more efficient in comparison to what we had 10 years ago? Think about that for a second, but don’t take too long, you’re time-poor, remember?
P.s Now that I know how to embed sounds into my blog, please enjoy the soothing sounds of dial-up.