Tuesday, June 09, 2009

When Less is Less

Tweets, emails, blogs...are they mere wading pools of information...a few facts to cool off with, a place for children to get accustomed to the water, before they grow up and learn to swim in deeper places.

Newspapers, magazines, journals, the stuff of deep investigative reporting and analysis, the larger and deeper pools of information where adults used to swim, are drying up; fast.

Nobody seems to want a full, rich swim anymore? Are we just a nation of grown up children, content with getting our ankles wet but reluctant to dive deep and get our full heads immersed in the water? Has attention deficit grabbed the whole nation? Doesn't anyone want the 'truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth'?

The extended question: Can a nation, a culture, a people survive using and dispensing 'sound-bites' (text-messages, 'tweets') as their information nutrients, the fast food of knowledge, and maintain its long-run health?


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