[NetBehaviour] Don't Touch That Dial!A history of media technology scares, from the printing press to Facebook.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed Feb 17 11:18:10 CET 2010
Don't Touch That Dial!A history of media technology scares, from the
printing press to Facebook.
By Vaughan Bell
A respected Swiss scientist, Conrad Gessner, might have been the first
to raise the alarm about the effects of information overload. In a
landmark book, he described how the modern world overwhelmed people with
data and that this overabundance was both "confusing and harmful" to the
mind. The media now echo his concerns with reports on the unprecedented
risks of living in an "always on" digital environment. It's worth noting
that Gessner, for his part, never once used e-mail and was completely
ignorant about computers. That's not because he was a technophobe but
because he died in 1565. His warnings referred to the seemingly
unmanageable flood of information unleashed by the printing press.
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