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How Google Dominates Us

2 comments, 441 views, posted 7:37 am 02/08/2011 in Google by tricpe
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Google is where we go for answers. People used to go elsewhere or, more likely, stagger along not knowing. Nowadays you can’t have a long dinner-table argument about who won the Oscar for that Neil Simon movie where she plays an actress who doesn’t win an Oscar; at any moment someone will pull out a pocket device and Google it. If you need the art-history meaning of “picturesque,” you could find it in The Book of Answers, compiled two decades ago by the New York Public Library’s reference desk, but you won’t. Part of Google’s mission is to make the books of answers redundant (and the reference librarians, too). “A hamadryad is a wood-nymph, also a poisonous snake in India, and an Abyssinian baboon,” says the narrator of John Banville’s 2009 novel, The Infinities. “It takes a god to know a thing like that.” Not anymore.

The business of finding facts has been an important gear in the workings of human knowledge, and the technology has just been upgraded from rubber band to nuclear reactor. No wonder there’s some confusion about Google’s exact role in that—along with increasing fear about its power and its intentions.

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7:45 am 02/08/2011

Razail

i read somewhere that are brains are now changing in such a way as to be more efficient at storing information about where to find answers as opposed to storing general knowledge... 

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9:16 am 02/08/2011

marksyzm

It isn't Google that dominates us - that could be anyone. It's our want for more information; an access point outside of our brain capacity. It relieves stress and gives us a greater capacity to be organised and simply think of where, when, what, rather than storing that knowledge like individual libraries incapable of sharing that information with those who need it. It is our new teacher.

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