What a quick read!
I rushed it, of course, and will read it more closely again. Some lovely snippets of prophetic foresight, that we get to view with hindsight.
The quote I liked best was from Socrates, who was echoing, well, me, really in my post “Facts” that I posted a couple of days ago.
The discovery of the alphabet will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves… You give your disciples not truth but only semblance of truth; they will be heroes of many things, and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing.
Socrates, “Phaedrus” quoted in “The Medium is the Massage” p 113
It is the immediacy of the internet that makes me anxious about being able to access information so readily that people will “have learned nothing” and “will know nothing” – if all information is stored outside our brains instead of inside our brains – in overheated servers in dingy buildings serviced by half-witted spanner-wielders.
Always encouraging to find that you are not the first person to have been uneasy about de-skilling the brain.
I need to read the book again.
I believe it will be well thumbed, eventually.