Friday, June 25, 2004

The mentality of Homo interneticus: "As I suggested earlier, what is unique about single-author books is that the reader, in paying extended attention to the careful and coherent workings of a single mind undergoes an intense if temporary reshaping of her own mind. Reading fragments, however efficient, doesn't do the same. Without prolonged grappling with a single author at a time on a fairly frequent basis, H. interneticus on average will be less introspective, less private and less individualistic than H. typographicus. Shared points of cultural reference will also tend to be fewer." The "points of cultural reference" will be more Wiki-fied, I think - everyone will understand the NPOV on any particular reference, and be aware of their own part in building that reference.

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