Bite Sized Culture

Tyler Cowen has a new book which I won’t read – not because it isn’t good, but as he explains, technology is driving us to consume information in smaller and more selective chunks. There are good reviews here, here, and here.

There are implications to this that I haven’t thought through. In a world dominated by short spurts of information (blogs, YouTube, Twitter), there is certainly some risk of losing the bigger picture and the fuller explanation. On the other hand, there are countless interconnections and intersections of information that might otherwise go unnoticed.

I’m developing some sympathy for the contemporaries of Gutenberg. This changes everything – but how?

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