50 Things the Internet is Killing

The Telegraph released a prediction/observation on how the internet is changing society. They list fifty things that the internet and similar technologies have made obsolete. There are also links on the page to Google Street View Art, Photoshop disasters, x-ray photographs, and cities at night from space. Some of my favorite societal changes include:

1) The art of polite disagreement
3) Listening to a [music] album all the way through
10) Watches [using cell phones instead]
12) Letter writing/pen pals
13) Memory [relying on technology instead of memory]
18) Authoritative reference works [kind of scary actually]
22) Enforceable copyright [another huge change that may be forever altered]
28) Respect for doctors and other professionals
30) Geographical knowledge
31) Privacy
47) Footnotes
50) Your lunchbreak

Click here to read the original source.


About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on September 10, 2009, in Technology and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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