13 June 2010

Pinker Countering the Media Critics

Here's Steven Pinker's counter arguments to those who criticize the electronic media environment for dumbing us down and causing distraction.

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.

But such panics often fail basic reality checks.

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