[FoRK] what tech will your kids never use?

Bill Kearney wkearney99 at hotmail.com
Mon Feb 25 07:20:57 PST 2013

People have always been stupid and that's not likely to change.

It'd be an interesting discussion as to whether it matters.  There's 
definitely something to be said for the mental possession (and presumably 
mastery) of a body of learned knowledge.  As in, 'knowing' something vs 
being dependent on 'stfw' every time.  But that searching does present a lot 
more accessibility of information to folks that would never likely master a 
body of knowledge anyway.   They'd either merrily plod forward in their 
ignorance, or remain beholden to whatever 'experts' they  sought out.

I can recall someone commenting about blogging as 'making it too easy' for 
people to get information.   Which I gathered to mean it would make it too 
easy for people to 'go around' the sort of gatekeepers that held the 
information blogging would make more readily accessible.   Sure, it's pulled 
the rug out from under a lot of marginal consulting and newsletters, but has 
perhaps increased the value to truly focused sources.  Consulting still pays 
when the clients do the math.  If anything it avoids having to waste time 
selling to clients that would balk at the prices anyway.

So can you cite specifics where there's really any increase in stupidity? 
Beyond just the anecdotal 'some idiot drove into a pond due to nav mapping' 


-----Original Message----- 

Smart phones have made people stupid. :-)

On 2/25/2013 6:47 AM, Bill Kearney wrote:
> Well, that's a fine example of where a smart phone for nav is certainly
> a winner.  But for planning out where you're thinking about going, not
> when you're actually en-route, there's a lot to be said for a
> tourism-oriented map.  As in, the family sitting at the table picking
> from what's shown.  Not just drilling down through a ton of crappy yelp
> reviews..

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