Tuesday, 8 December 2009

TMI?

Are you happy with the way that the first decade of the 21st century has panned out technology/media-wise? I am. Or am I? Hold on a minute, lost my train of thought there...

Have you ever had that before? Have you ever started a major online project, sat down to have a research session, then drifted off to see how Southampton were getting on (that's definitely only me), or watched that monkey do high kicks for what seems to be the millionth time. I'm sure that you're all still with me on this one, although I do see a couple of you sat at the back playing with your Blackberries.... Now what was I saying again?

The point that I'm trying to make is that although we have an almost constant stream of information available to us at the click of a button, I fear that we may have to cope with the effects of this 'want now' society in years to come.

Personally, I think that constant interaction and networking is one of the big boons of digital media (and social media in general - of course it is, it's the crux of the whole medium), but what I am worried about is whether or not in the near future we will have the patience to read an extended article or novel, or have the patience for a film that doesn't smash our senses into a million pieces with the use of 3D specs.

In his book 'Is Google Making Us Stupid?', Nicholas G. Carr is incredibly critical of the internet's effect on cognition. It divided opinion, but as with most of these topics, whilst I can see fault in Carr's 'Deep Reading' argument (you don't have to be able to read Shakespeare, or even spell it to contribute to society), I am curious to see where our soundbite and character-light online experience takes us, and whether books and long-winded thesis' will be a thing of the past as we progress deeper and deeper into our online worlds.

In short, will 140 characters soon qualify as Too Much Information?

Don't know - ask this lovely lady though if you want an answer...