Sunday, 29 January 2012

Your brain versus the Internet.

     Having lived a full and  well traveled life prior to newscasts and the Internet taking over my brain several years back in the typewriter years, I had the option of referring to my journals for past cloudy info or my noddle which I sometimes used for confirmation. Birthdays important events and places I had visited at the time of important happenings in our world, provided me with answers otherwise would have been forgotten forever.
Although the Internet has not taken over my brain in its entirety being most of my marbles are functioning loud and clear, the lack of hands on travel and general gadding about has me reliant on mostly second hand Info to peck at. My trip to Tassie and travelling to Europe a couple of times in a metamorphic trance to revisit old friends and  rello's and recollecting my long  past indelible childhood have been rewarding to me personally but did not impact on my mind as memories of some of the worlds extreme events have done.
Apart from looking from the bedroom window to see what is happening outside, it is the telly or my PC from which I collect the news and important issues of the day except for that passed from several mouths along our street before reaching us(send reinforcements we are going to advance, becomes send three and fourpence we are going to a dance).
The Internet is fast becoming our main source of memory instead of using our own brains.
our minds are adapting so that we are experts at knowing where to find information - even though  we don't remember what it is. When we want to know something we use the Internet as an external memory just as computers use an hard drive.
We are so reliant on our smart phones and laptops that we go into withdrawal when we can't find something immediately, and having our Internet connection severed is growing more and more like losing a friend'
We no longer have  to spend time and money to find the things we  want. We can google a friend, find articles on line or find a celebrity whose name is on the tip of your tongue.
Our little magical  box has become a primary form of external or trans active memory  where our memories are stored. I sometimes wonder should the satellite's Fail and with the Internet on the blink how we would communicate with old systems down and in disrepair, and no one able to send or read Morse code. A worrying time between beleaguered nations waiting for the first nuclear bomb to explode. A few Nuts have predicted 2112 to be the finale of the human race, how would you rate this info. Call me selfish if you so wish, but my time for turning the lights off has been  kept in check for some time. but how would you feel if you knew yours was imminent.

I hope you had an enjoyable weekend. Now get back to work and do something useful for mankind.

Its really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my Ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
Back soon..... Vest.

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