Thursday, June 24, 2004

The mentality of Homo interneticus: "Each such new species, while differing from it predecessor, of course doesn't abandon the latter's key proclivities or skills entirely. H. literalis for instance certainly continues to speak, but its speech is marked by the mentality that arises only with reading. Similarly, H. interneticus can be expected to continue to use and refer to printed works but with a mentality significantly altered by the overwhelming effects of substantial Internet use." The literalis mentality cannot be as clearly seen in our own time due to the influence of TV. A clearer example would be the way that the common folk of the day could follow the complex logic of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. We don't have the patience now, being of a new species.

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