Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Brave New World?

We are in an age of unprecedented change. The access to information is becoming ubiquitous. The world is truly becoming flattened in the sense that everyone can participate in the acquiring and dissemination of information all over the world. This was hard to conceive of just 30 years ago. It is interesting that more and more people can not only have access to this information, but can contribute in so many ways. This is good and bad.

It is good that we can hear from people who would otherwise live in obscurity. This opens up the pool of ideas, and creates the seeds of innovation. People are no longer beholden to monolithic structures to determine what is best for life, liberty, and justice.

However, the fundamental problem with "more" information is less quality. It has become increasingly difficult to assess what is good and what is bad. Wise counsel cannot compete with those who offer better entertainment. This is so because our world is becoming more entertainment- and celebrity-focused.

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