Does the Internet make us stupid?

Just read the two articles for tomorrow’s class Is Google Making Us Stupid? & Spreadable doesn’t make it viral (which for some reason made me think of diseases and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches). After I read the Google piece I immediately thought to myself  “Well, welcome to my world people.” I’ve never been able to focus and concentrate on much my whole life – it’s called ADD. My brain flits from one shiny distraction to another shiny distraction.

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September 11th

Last December my family went to NYC to see the Christmas windows, revisit my husband’s old neighborhood on Staten Island, eat real New York bagels & pizza and to see the work being done at the WTC.

The actual location (and official memorial site) was still blocked off by big construction screens and scaffolding but there was this memorial on the corner of the building across the street from Ground Zero. It’s a metal relief plaque with images of the buildings, the Transit Authority, the Fire Department, and the Police Dept on it. The names of everyone who died during the attack were also listed – it was amazing to see and to touch.

Today is the dedication and official opening of the  national 911 memorial. Hopefully we will also get to visit this new memorial soon. Until then we’ll have to make do with the virtual tour offered online.

For anyone who wants to learn more about 911 here is a link for an extensive (and impressive) digital internet archive regarding the attacks that occurred that day. Be sure to check out the special collections and 9/11 links – it’s incredible! 

Computers in 1945

Reading the article “As We May Think” by Vannevar Bush. Pub in the Atlantic magazine in July 1945! Found out that this article is used in library school too.

Here’s a YouTube video of Bush’s Memex, enjoy –