Monday, 25 November 2019

The failed promise of the internet.


"We were promised a global village: Instead we inhabit drab cul-de-sacs and endless freeways of a vast suburb of information".



A lot of it on the net.


But information does not necessarily lead to knowledge. Thanks to the internet, the man at the bar" may have a lot of  information, but next to no knowledge.



Nor do information and knowledge in and of themselves lead us to wisdom.


We have sadly and tragically allowed ourselves to believe that the over abundance of information and knowledge on the web will make us wise.  It ain't necessarily so.  

Stephen Marche, in the May 2012 edition of the Atlantic Magazine offers us this counter cultural view of the web.***  

"We were promised a global village: Instead we inhabit drab cul-de-sacs and endless freeways of a vast suburb of information".

*** (As quoted in "Faithful Friendships", a book by my friend Dana L Robert. Eerdmans Publishing 2019)








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