I have noticed a trend lately in my media consumption, and I am not thrilled. My Kindle has begun filling up so much that I forget which books I am currently reading. I will overfill my Buffer queue (Buffer is a social media scheduling service that I use so I do not bombard everyone with ten articles in a single half hour span) and run out of time slots in my free account. The number of unplayed podcasts I have on my phone overwhelms me. This is too much media, I am realizing. I cannot possibly absorb and digest it all.
Don't get me wrong: I love how easy it is to learn about nearly any imaginable topic now, thanks to the internet. Everyone dabbles because we can. We are all jacks of all trades, but, I would also argue, many of us are masters of none. We can go broad with the click of a mouse or swipe of our finger but rarely do we go deep. My book club recently read The Shallows, and although I have some criticisms, I found myself nodding in agreement with the author's central argument: We consume so much so quickly now that our brains are forgetting how to think critically and sustainedly. I keep pushing myself to take in more, more, more so that I will become "smarter," but is more necessarily better?Read More