Executive Summary for Term Paper:
With time, from the advent of the technology writing to high tech portable devices of today, technology has had a serious impact on long term memory. Gigerenzer (2011) in his article “Outsourcing the Mind,” reflects on a time when scholars went to a quiet place, with no technology “to think, and to think deeply” (147). In a world where everyone seems to be connected to their device, it does become apparent that it could very easily become an extension of our brain, and take the place of remembering, there by killing thinking.
Gigerenzer’s (2011) primary point, is that the Internet is now the storage place for long term memory that can be accessed at will.
So what happens to this extra brain space that is available to be used as it is no longer needed for long term memory? Creativity! Shirky projects that additional time spent on the internet is used creativity, no matter how mundane or juvenile it may be. As the World Wide Web hosts thousands of creative outlet streams, it is accessible to all skill levels, thus increasing the overall creativity of an individual, and ultimately society.
Weinberger discusses the activation for this creativity to takes place on the “Web [which] is a space through which we travel” (35). While Web users are traveling through online spaces, even the pathways of navigation they are creating with every movement including the footprints they leave along the way.
As more time is spent online, creativity grows through the vast array of applications and social networking formats. With more memory being stored on the Internet / mobile devices, long-term memory dies as there is less need for it.
CCT 260 – Web Culture & Design
Digital Enterprise Management
University of Toronto Mississauga
(Sheridan College – Certificate in Digital Communication)
Gigerenzer, Gerd. “Outsourcing the Mind.” Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think?: The Net’s Impact On Our Minds and Future. New York: HarperCollins, 2011. Print.
Shirky, Clay. Cognitive Surplus. How Technology Makes Consumers Into Collaborators. New York: Penguin Press, 2011. Print.
Weinberger, David. Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A unified theory of the web. New York: Basic Books, 2002. Print.