That digital media has encouraged a kind of partial attention consumption (or multitasking if you are describing yourself) is no new idea; devices and applications encourage this behaviour, through IM alerts overriding all other computer functions, and social networks such as Twitter thriving on the general trivial reality of now.
The question that an article by Nicolas Carr asks is whether computers giving us access to information and choice erodes our brain functions and intelligence.
I’m not sure I’d go so far; it seems to invoke the hilarious visiting aliens from films who can only talk in clipped advertising they have picked up via distant broadcasts and which forms the only reference of their thought.
Whether we would be more intelligent if we wrote letters sealed by wax instead of writing an email is debatable, but I’m sure that one method would be a quicker process.]]>