Reblogged from FastCompany BY: ANYA KAMENETZ July 22, 2011 Davidson is a professor at Duke University, a dyslexic, and a geek: The combination has made her a savvy, realistic, and observant critic of today’s… Read more »
There are so many things wrong with techno-determinist claims such as, “the Internet makes us dumber” and “texting makes us lonely” and “Facebook steals our souls” and “even multitaskers are bad at multitasking,”… Read more »
Publishers Weekly ran a starred review of NOW YOU SEE IT in their magazine’s May 30th issue: ★Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live,… Read more »
The Internet doesn’t make us shallow, stupid, distracted, lonely, or soulless–we do that to ourselves. It’s not about the technology. It’s about humanity, and how we choose to adjust and to transform our institutions to support the real world we all live in now, not the fantasy world we like to remember through rose-colored classes.
This morning I posted a photograph of the progress on our garden shed-cum-tea house to Facebook. As the image was wafting its way from my Blackberry to my Facebook page, I wondered if my life (and that of my Facebook friends) has become a reality show?
If the US now ranks with Russia and Iran as nations with greatest difference between its richest and poorest occupants, what does that mean for the future of American culture and values? Those are the key questions. It all goes together. And, returning to the Nation article, it is incumbent on all of us–all of us in academe, in all fields, and all of us who are simply interested in the future of education and the future of our world–to work together towards rectifying increasing inequalities before they engulf us all.
I’m delighted my Cover Story, “So Last Century,” about the state of current higher education–how we got this way and how we can do better–just came out in Times Higher Education (UK). It is already being circulated to deans and college presidents, according to various emails and Facebook postings and tweets I’m reading. Here are some highlights to whet your appetite: the lead, a few tidbits, some promising programs that are prototyping change—and the url.
The ways our two books intersect is that Now You See It proposes institutional and personal strategies for dealing with the googlization of everything. The current worlds of work and school are inheritances; they evolved as ways of dealing with the 20th century’s Taylorization of everything. There is no better analysis than Siva Vaidhyanathan’s of why we should worry about the Googlization of everything. I’m proposing productive ways to transform our 21st century worries into an impetus for change, for systematic rethinking of how we live, work, and learn in what, as Siva Vaidhyanathan so eloquently and persuasively argues, is the Empire of Google.
Here’s the bottomline: You do not understand social media by teaching business students how to Tweet. Understanding the importance of social media today requires deep social rethinking and it also requires reimagining education for the digital age
You open the front door and are overwhelmed by the most fantastic, enticing, delicious cooking smells. Half an hour later, you can’t even smell them anymore. Your senses are dulled by familiarity . It turns out the same is true for thoughts.