Sunday musing: feels good to be back…

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It’s been a while since I last blogged. Of all the things I was forced to abandon but missed the most while on my sick leave, I must say that blogging comes on top of the list. I miss having a space where I can express my ideas and discuss them with others. I miss the exhilaration once I’m done writing, the expectation about the reaction my post would stir. I miss the feeling that I contribute, even with the slightest portion, to the web rather than being a mere consumer… Anyway, it really feels good to be back. 
I just thought that instead of writing (once again!) about the lesson I could have learned from this small experience (I’m a lousy learner it seems!), I’d rather take the opportunity to thank my Internet friends for their kind words. So Jonathan Zittrain was right after all, the web is more than just a pile of information it is a network of random acts of kindness.

Have a great Sunday!

Lamia Ben.

Is the web affecting our perception?

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I overheard on twitter the other day, a funny yet so true assertion: I don’t retain information, I just tag it. And it got me thinking. Wehave been affected by the web in more than ways.I don’t know about you, but It has become almost impossible for me to restrain my urge to switch tabs while reading an article online, or find the patience to go through multiple pages posts. Are our brains becoming wired to only retain metadata and not the data in itself?

The question that should be asked in my sens is, is there really a need for us to retain information?

Albert Einstein himself once said “Never memorize something that you can look up” Would he say the same if he has seen google? Wouldn’t that make our minds… empty?

the true value of information doesn’t lay in the information itself, but rather in our interpretation of the data, of us connecting the dots and by modeling and remodeling infos, getting even more value. 

Bottom line is, don’t overstuff your head, learn only what’s absolutely necessary. STOP once in a while, think things over, play with ideas, connect the unconnected…. Go beyond being the vessel into which infos are driven and become the catalyst of a new knowledge.

Lamia Ben