The Shallows - Take II The Fall of Print (Memory Process (Attention is…
The Shallows - Take II The Fall of Print
Influence of Tech, specifically Computers
In 2009 - Avg American spend 12 hrs per week online - TV use increases at the same time - is there a true correlation or is it perceived? (Carr, 2011, p. 86)
Reflection: Not sure why one would assume that this would be negatively correlated? Isn't a screen a screen?
"Computers have advanced at lightning speed, yet they remain in human terms as dumb as stumps" (Carr, 2011, p. 175)
Turing - First idea of a programmable computer - committed suicide - Question: Do we know why?
"Outsource memory and culture withers" (Carr, 2011, p. 190)
Question: Does it wither or simply change? Are digital memories more permanent, only harder to access? Where does information architecture come into play?
Is this process simply change - or is it something different?
"Old technologies lose their economic and cultural force" (Carr, 2011, p. 89)
Question: Which is more important - culture or money?
Reflection: So many examples of this already exist, yet may not have changed instruction as dramatically as feared or hoped depending on who you ask....Chalkboards > Whitebords > smartboards
"Biological memory is alive, computer memory is not" (Carr, 2011, p. 191)
Question: Can Social media gives some biological properties to computer memory
Content is becoming more chunked
Give and take: Chunking makes things more searchable, but less connectable
Question: How does this mean instruction and learning will change?
Google Book Search - "Unbinds the book" (Carr, 2011, p. 180)
Too much information, is being coupled with too little time to think about it
Could rote memory be essential for synthesis?
Reflection: Is this the cause of the technology (ie the grand deterministic plan of Google) or a reaction to it (millennials are instrumenting the change?
Primary - evaporates quickly
Secondary - retained indefinitely
Moving to LT or secondary (consolidation) requires a synthesis of protein to create new synaptic terminals - theoretically can be mapped
Question: How can this influence education research?
Genes are enabled to process memories
Dumb question: Are there a limited number of genes in the human brain / body?
Hippocampus = conductor - moves memories into the appropriate category
Attention is essential to consolidation
"the connecting is the thinking" (Carr, 2011, p. 192)
"Google is quite literally in the business of distraction" (Carr, 2011, p. 157)
Reflection: As the masses are living longer, does this discussion change? Remembering things simply does not get easier as we get older!