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Journal shanen's Journal: Is deep thought possible in the Internet Age? 4

Go ahead, make my Christmas! All I want for Christmas is a deep thought and a star to steer by! Apologies to John Masefield, but I'm convinced the Internet (as in Slashdot) is making many people more lonely (and duller), not better, and so...

[Why is the journal formatting this without a blank line here?]

I think the best description of the problem I've read is The Shallows by Nicholas Carr. Not exactly his formulation, but in brief I would say that too much information is overwhelming us. Can you recommend other books? Or even URLs for non-shallow articles?

Some approaches towards solutions appear in The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli (based on the German Die Kunst des klaren Denkens : 52 Denkfehler, die Sie besser anderen uÌberlassen . Again, better references would be greatly appreciated, especially as regards the problem of disaster porn overwhelming journalism...

Seems to be a rather forlorn search for a secret Santa, eh? On today's Slashdot you'd be wasting your time with a lantern when you need a siren to drive off the trolls.

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Is deep thought possible in the Internet Age?

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  • The buggy css eats the first <p> tag. Post one before your first sentence. It will still appear without a blank line, but the rest will appear as well.

    I'm just back to wish everyone a merry christmas or whatever they celebrate. I'm not reading any articles, just journal posts to see how others are doing and to wish them well.

    The last 3 months without slashdot have been a relief more than anything else. And of course people are lonelier the longer they spend on the internet - the goal is to keep you

    • by shanen ( 462549 )

      Thanks for the tip on the <p> problem. The topic (with some modification) was actually picked up for the front page and garnered over 100 comments before it dropped off.

      • No problemo. Just slumming on slashdot for the holidays to stay in contact with a few people, but I'm glad I was able to help. The way I figure it, if the owners don't give a sh*t about slashdot, why should I?

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