Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Internet is not making us stupid, it's lending a hand in evolution!


Today I read a rhetorical situation where the author, Nicholas Carr, used facts to back up his theory about "How the Internet Is Making Us Stupid" (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/7967894/How-the-Internet-is-making-us-stupid.html). I began reading the article with a very open mind until I came to the second paragraph where he states:
But our dependence on the internet has a dark side. A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that the net, with its constant distractions and interruptions, is turning us into scattered and superficial thinkers.
I reflected over where I was 20 years ago when the internet was first becoming a part of our awareness. I realized that at that point in my life I was headed down the same path soul seeking path as I am now, but the only difference is I have a wider range of data coming at me to explore and feel through. The author uses fact to state that the internet is making us more superficial and scattered. He is saying that our memories are worse and we no longer know how to focus. Some of the things he is trying to prove may have some validity, but the topic is too general. I myself, and many others that I know, have grown immensely more aware and awakened through the quickening of data shared across the globe. It may be speeding up but it is taking us to the next level of how to use our brains. We are speeding up our thought process because we need to become aware on different levels. I do agree that for some people the internet may be an unhealthy form of addiction, but the article generalizes and points fingers in a very negative way. When looking at the issue from a lighter deeper perspective you can clearly see that the right souls are connecting that may never have done so before. If there was no internet a lonely bullied 16 year old in Oklahoma may never have read the blog journals of a practicing 18 year old practicing Buddhist in Asia where he was able to leave comments and converse about how the Buddhist inspired him to look at the mean people in his life in a new perspective.

Everything happens for a reason. The internet and technology is not making us stupid it is moving us towards a new awakening, one that never will never be possible until we go through these stages of evolution. I am curious what the author thought he was going to accomplish by publishing he article. He was researching to write a book about his findings. Did he feel he would change the direction our world was aiming towards by stating how it is turning us into a horrible shallow society? If anything I feel his article gave people things to reflect upon and decide for themselves where it is our world is headed. There may be others out there who support and believe in his views, but if he were looking as deeply as he is claiming needs to be done he would be able to see that there is a much bigger picture going on here. I am not saying I am right and he is wrong I am saying that this is all playing out just as it should and that through negative persuasion people can be forced to look deeper into the darkness until the light is found.

What do you think? Did you read the article? What are your views on how our world is evolving?