Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Bernie Dodge Keynote

I am at AcademicFest in Madison, listening to the afternoon Keynote by Bernie Dodge.
How the Net Makes Us Smart
  • Net penetration (greatest in North America)
  • 1/2 the world online by 2015 
  • Wikipedia growth (content, knowledge creation - people interaction)
  • Marc Prensky
How the net makes us Stupid
  • Google Hot Trends - is this what knowledge we seek?
  • Blogs, Politics & Polarization - 94% of political blog readers consume only blogs from one side if the ideological spectrum
  • Is Google making us stupid
  • Digital Natives debate - do we quickly accept Prensky? (See FNO)
  • It allows us to spread ideas without deep thinking
  • Read "The Machine Stops" by E.M. Forster ... we are removing ourselves from direct expereince and using mediated experience
Why smart <> wise (what is wisdom)
  • If we have the pieces but not a deep understanding we have knowledge but no wisdom

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