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June 26, 2013

Primus Mootry: Information overload leads to focus on the inane, irrelevant

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It is a sad irony that today’s powerful communications technologies, holding so much information and so much promise, rather than bringing us together, appear to be driving us apart. Instead of bringing us more fully into enlightened conversation, we are being isolated and fascinated with trivia.

It is unclear to me whether or not, in the future, these changes will prove to be beneficial to mankind. It is possible. Right now, however, it doesn’t seem likely. A tsunamic brain drain is underway, and it appears there is no way to stop it. Are we getting smarter and dumber at the same time?

Have a nice day.

Anderson resident Primus Mootry is a retired school teacher. His column appears Wednesdays in The Herald Bulletin.

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