Medium as message

Posted May 28th, 2010 by admin and filed in social media
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The web presents us with a modern day dilemma of grand proportions. Is it a resource to enrich us, or a distraction that impoverishes?

The confusion is spreading. Organizations bar employees from using social networks. Thousands of innocents are daily lured into the morass that is the internet, never to emerge. We don’t experience our surroundings anymore because we’re absorbed by our iPhones. I have only a fraction as many blog posts as clippings from Evernote, culled from my hours of browsing.

The net is unprecedented in its intellectual stimulation and also unparalleled in its ability to eat up time. Nor can many of us say that this time has led to productivity. We’re still wallowing in the joy of the web’s endless knowledge; we haven’t yet defined how to turn that knowledge into wisdom.

Speaking earlier this month, President Obama noted that in cyberspace, “…information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation.”

The medium is still the message. How shall we move past this fascination so we can get on with our ‘emancipation’ ?

My guess: the answer’s rooted in our dreams. What say you?