The Ignorance of Pre-Internet Life

Crooked Timber blogger John Holbo’s post The Archaeology of the Ignorance of Pre-Internet Ordinary Life has sparked quite an interesting comment thread on the effects of the internet on knowledge, worldliness, information-seeking skills, social interaction, fact verification, and much more.
This is certainly not a new topic, but still seems to generate plenty of discussion whenever it surfaces. Crooked Timber is a humanities blog, and reading the comments on this post feels a little like getting the opportunity to eavesdrop on a bunch of humanities scholars talking about the internet. I would especially encourage my librarians friends to head on over there and “listen in”. It is certainly cheaper and easier than designing and funding a research project on what humanities faculty think about the internet.

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