Joined: Feb. 2001
|Posted: Jan. 15 2003,9:36 am
|Quote (dnekm @ Dec. 22 2002,4:13 am)|
|Okay, let's see what this turns into.|
Leilah and I had an interesting conversation tonight. Along the lines of whether it is better to have the ego bubble burst when you are younger or when you are older.
Hear me out on this one. ¬†
When we were first getting into things... metaphysical... we were both young. we had no internet and had to look for knowledge the hard way, tracking down obscure books and references via libraries or used books, or rare book dealers.... Basically - information was not easy to come by like it is today.
Is this good or bad? Does the elusiveness of certain information make it more - worthwhile? impressive? does it create more of an impact if you find it in some old book after searching for years for it or if you can look it up in a moment online?
Does someone searching for the necronomishit today go back all the way to HP Lovecraft and realize it is fiction or do they take the word of numerous websites that claim it is real? Do they ever see the humour in the numerous pastiches that have been published?
The internet is a worthwhile tool for information, and disinformation. Does someone brought up in todays world know enough to recognize the difference?
Back in the stone age (when we grew up) - information was more difficult to come by and one tended to live a portion of their lives in a certain isolation from the rest of the world - enabling you to form your own beliefs and experiences and also to lock out the rest of the world in lieu of interacting with the subtle world of energies and impressions. Getting to know and be exposed to that which is beyond the physical, and more importantly - that which is beyond the pixel...
Any thoughts? ¬†
My view on this is pretty simple...
The internet is NOT the way.
It's a neat little thing to play around with, and make sites on to express opinions, and share with others in forums such as this & whatnot, but as far as being the best method to gain knowledge...not a chance. It's just one more technological gadget that allows us to sit on our asses, and make us stupid. Kids who are raised on computers are going to turn out to be very different adults than those who had to go out and search for what they wanted...and I personally don't think they're going to be as independent, and confident in themselves.
I mean, why learn to spell, or use proper grammar when the computer corrects your mistakes? Right? What once was a handly little thing to rectify small errors has become a way of life for a LOT of people.
Anyone can type a word into a search engine, but ask a handful of average high schoolers what the Dewy Decimal System is, and at *least the majority won't have a clue. Not that the library uses that anymore anyway, hell THEY use search engines, but you get the idea.
REAL hunting & research sharpens multiple skills, and is more fulfilling. I remember being a sophomore in high school when they told us that one day, *whole books would be able to fit on a CD...and I was horrified; but they dragged us kicking & screaming into the technological age, as it's virtually impossible to get a good job 'round here without computer knowledge. NO ONE will hire you for more than $6.50 an hour if you can't type 60+ wpm.
So here I am... in a sterile office...for eight hours a day...staring at a damn computer screen. The corporate world's vision of success (a rant in and of itself).
Give me a musty Library or bookstore basement any day.
Edited by Sio on Jan. 15 2003,9:50 am