That’s the double edge of the technology we now have in our pockets. It gives us access to boundless information, and enables all kinds of interactions with that information, but it doesn’t distinguish between empty and nourishing information, or help us determine the right uses of that information. We have to make those distinctions and those choices.
-Robert McGinley Myers, Anxiety Machine
Another good look at the new Apple ad, complete with links to a few of the other articles that have been posted on the subject. My thoughts on technology within the life of my child stay the same, no matter the technology or the reason for its use. I love technology; I want to pass that love on to my children, but in due time and with the proper respect for usage of digital technologies in the physical world.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.