[LINK] gps on kids...

David Lochrin dlochrin at d2.net.au
Wed Jan 14 22:08:26 AEDT 2009

On Wednesday 14 January 2009 18:22, Birch Jim wrote:
> There's a parallel with the Internet/media world of today.  
> Massive instant information/stimulation available but we're 
> loosing the ability for sustained mental activity.  Reading 
> a novel is beyond a lot of people and spending a week 
> or two on War and Peace is probably too daunting for 
> nearly everyone.

I don't know about the parallel, but the capacity for sustained and critical thought certainly seems to be declining.  Part of the problem may be that so much "data" is available we've degraded our ability to digest it to yield "information" let alone wisdom - like the glutton, we find it hard to say 'no' to another attractively presented morsel.  And the entire advertising, PR, and propaganda industry is devoted to training people to respond ~without~ critical thought which may interfere with the message.  Even some tertiary education has become focussed on "button pushing" training for immediate vocational value rather than the more difficult & demanding business of teaching basic principles.

Nowhere is the problem more obvious than in the collection of slogans and semantic trickery which has infested political discourse in recent years.

> Change giveth and change taketh away ;)

Indeed...  However we're not completely powerless in the face of change, and should assess proposed changes on their merits rather than passively accept them as inevitable.

Tassie sounds like a great place for critical thought!!


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