People Always Say New Mediums Are Making Us Stupider — And They’re Always Wrong

NEW forms of media have always caused moral panics: the printing press, newspapers, paperbacks and television were all once denounced as threats to their consumers’ brainpower and moral fiber.

So too with electronic technologies. PowerPoint, we’re told, is reducing discourse to bullet points. Search engines lower our intelligence, encouraging us to skim on the surface of knowledge rather than dive to its depths. Twitter is shrinking our attention spans.

via People Always Say New Mediums Are Making Us Stupider — And They’re Always Wrong.

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