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What I want, when I want October 31, 2008

Posted by jamiekim in Society, Technology.
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Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a [woman] on a Jet Ski.

The Web has changed the way I want to process information. It’s not that I’m incapable of analysis, comprehension or contemplation. I’ve just acclimated to the easy search button and condensed bullets of information.

And what do you expect? Here we live in a period where tweets, e-mails and instant messages are common forms of communication. As a result, I’ve been used to getting what I want (information), when I want it (instant access).

Researching for endless hours in the library? Reading through piles and piles of essays and analysis to write a research paper? Using print sources?!

Not so much.

The Web has made it so easy for instant access to information. People don’t need to (or want to) read longer writing pieces on the Web to get the information that they’re seeking. And unfortunately, this translates into the offline world of reading for many people. Like Nicholas Carr writes, our minds now expect us to digest information the way the Internet and Web distributes it: “in a swiftly moving stream of particles.”

The key word is brevity.

I don’t have the time or patience to sit through step-by-step analysis and theories. I have 15 million (yes, 15 million) things to do during an average day. Please give me what I need and I’ll move along.

Just get to the point.