How Social Media Endangers Knowledge

Houssein Derakhshan explores the relationship between the rise of television/image based medias and the decline in thoughtful idea exchange. Derakhshan suggests that the creation of the internet seemed to be a new era in text based communication and idea exchange when it emerged in the 80s, but modern internet usage is widely used for image communication (like Instagram) and this ‘decline’ is contributing to a culture based on looks, appearance, and status.

He pleas that Wikipedia is the last large-scale platform on the internet that still models text based idea-exchange and has the potential to revive Enlightenment ideals once again, if attended to across our culture.  

You can read the original piece by Derakhshan at Wired.com.

 

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