Neil Postman
The Destructive Switch from Search to Social
Nat Eliason
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Great article. I had never considered the subtle switch in how we use the Internet from search to social, but it makes sense. We’re becoming passive consumers instead of active seekers, and it’s scary to see how little we seem to care, even when confronted with the evidence.

I read Technopoly by Neil Postman in college, and it is one of the few assigned readings I have kept on my shelves several years and moves later. It’s an excellent book that talks about how we idolize advances in technology as if they occur in a vacuum, with little to no regard for their implications or consequences. It worries me how drastically and quickly things have changed because we haven’t had time to really discover the physical/emotional/mental consequences of these extreme changes that we are introducing to our lifestyles.

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