Today I did read a blogpost of Andrew Neuendorf. He mentions Carr and Carrs book on the nasty effects of internet on brains. Nicholas Carr did evoke some discussion in USA (?)s on information overload and the effects of internet on the brain. As far as I know Nicholas Carr is a writer and he sells a lot of books. (I do not say he started the discussion because of economic reasons, but he sold a lot of books)
The myth of information that is overloading the brain is believed by a lot of people. When I was a little boy my mam did warn me against reading to much because your brain will loose its power when you read too much. Did your mam warn you against watching TV, reading books, listening radio, reading comics, watching internet?
Carr seems to think reading a (paper) book is different from (and way better than) reading a text from a screen.
Interesting question: Why do so many people read a book like that of Carr?
(And, this question came when this blogpost was almost ready: why do I care to even think about this weird ideas of Carr?)
Another question, about a pedagogy of abundance, subject in this MOOC change11 (Erik Duval). Did this subject submerge (become a subject) after Carr did his writing? As far as I know students always try the abundance argument when teachers assign homework. (Erik Duval does not view abundance as a kind of sickening influence but as a blessing, as far as I do understand him.)
And how come the internet would have introduced the information overflow? In this little country where I live and 18.000.000 other people every day so many books and newspapers and weekly’s are printed. You should need a year to read all books that were printed today. Nobody is foolish to try so.
And why do people think information is what we read? We do receive so much non-verbal information. Our eyes and ears and skin and other receptors do gather information every moment. Even when asleep we receive information. Does this information cause overload?
I do remember an experiment on sensory deprivation. Is this connected to information overflow?