Trying to get through the assigned reading by Andrew Keen was torture. Within the first two paragraphs I was ready to go check my facebook page, check out a new website and send a text. I was able to focus a little bit more once I started paying attention to what the chapter was saying, but within 15 minutes I found myself looking around my room, thinking about three other projects I have coming up and meeting with other friends. I honestly don’t consider myself to be scatterbrained or unfocused 99% of the time, but now I’m reconsidering.

However, it was rather interesting after taking a mental break (one where I drift off into other thoughts for a minute or two), I was able to catch myself and go right back to the same spot in the reading and recall exactly what point was being made. So perhaps this is the future for at least my brain. A weak form of attempted multitasking that has the ability to catch right back up to where it left off.

Thougths: I want my brain to be able to accept this new media, but also have the ability to focus on command.

Conclusion: I need to read more books, in a chair, not with a laptop nearby.

In Robert Roy Bitt’s article Is the Internet Warping Our Brains? we find that yet another journalist has explored the question as to whether this new media literacy is bringing about a positive or negative change within the human brain. Robert bounces back and forth between several noted articles in order to create a somewhat balanced argument that ultimately ends up supporting the thought that yes, the internet is changing our brains and that yes, it is changing our brains in a positive way. In Nicholas Carr’s Is Google is Making Us Stupid? article, he states that he

“spend hours strolling through long stretches of prose. That’s rarely the case anymore. Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do. I feel as if I’m always dragging my wayward brain back to the text.”

Now this quote, reveals a certain amount of insight to us about the author. He is older. He rememebers the times in which he would read over “long stretches of prose.” When is the last time you’ve heard of a young person remembering something like that? You don’t. Carr has written it from the view (looking backwards) that this older generation is losing their grip on society and he is hacking away at it in a desparate attempt to preserve his acquired skill set. Pure survival instincts.

However, you have Bitt on the other hand saying that the younger generations have begun to develop a new skill set and is actually taking a forward yet neutral approach to today’s progress.