Becoming stupid, one step at a time

Our “digital natives” may be able to flit between Facebook and Twitter while simultaneously uploading a selfie to Instagram and texting a friend. But when it comes to evaluating information that flows through social media channels, they are easily duped.

This fit in my own observations, and for me this report does not come as a surprise. It becomes harder and harder to find people who are able think for themselves, who don’t follow the herd mentality and don’t have the habit to be opinionated by all the crap they are reading online, on Facebook or whatever consumer channel they choose. It is plain horror. News and information should be more then a 145 chars headline from a single commercially controlled source. Luckily there is still an other side to the coin: http://www.slow-journalism.com/

“We’re developing a new citizenry. One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won’t be able to think.” – Rod Serling

https://sheg.stanford.edu/upload/V3LessonPlans/Executive%20Summary%2011.21.16.pdf

Privacy

To recover our privacy and make democracy safe, we need to redesign digital systems so that they do not collect information about people in general. First step, don’t help any new ones gain a foothold. – Richard Stallman

Life

Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult—once we truly understand and accept it—then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters. – The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck