In “The Shallows,” Chapter 5, Nicholas Carr explores the profound impact of the Internet, which realizes Alan Turing’s universal machine vision. He contrasts Turing’s early machine with the modern Internet, highlighting its speed and digitization of media, reducing computing costs since the 1960s.
Carr emphasizes the Internet’s bi-directionality, enabling user-generated content alongside consumption, leading to increased online time without replacing screen time. The chapter notes the decline of print media in favor of digital formats, rendering old technologies obsolete.
So, I wonder…
Is the internet a tool we control or a force that shapes us? This chapter challenges us to critically assess how our relationship with technology influences our thinking patterns.
Let’s talk about “Bi-Directionality.”
Traditional forms of reading like newspapers, television, and radio involve one-way content flow whereas the internet allows us to interact with the message instantly like messaging, creating content about the content, creating a dynamic, interactive, and democratic media landscape. The ability to instantly message, create content in response to existing content, and engage with a global audience has given rise to a dynamic, interactive, and democratic media space. What’s even more exciting is the role that AI is playing in this transformation. AI empowers ALL of us to generate videos, images, and texts, opening up new avenues for creative expression and divergent thinking. It can even take a difficult concept you are struggling with and explain it in a way you need to understand it, and it doesn’t get tired, it will give you examples and explain until you have your aha.
This democratization of information systems (media) is incredibly powerful. It levels the playing field – and allows everyone to have their voices heard, share their perspectives, and contribute to a more diverse and inclusive discourse. It’s a reminder of the incredible potential that technology holds when harnessed for the greater good. Knowing what we know about these possibilities, it’s an exciting time to be part of this evolving media landscape, where the boundaries between creators and consumers continue to blur, ushering in an era of boundless creativity and connectivity.
What do you think?