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Monday, November 24, 2008

"The Fast-Food Information Age: We Are What We Read"

beSpacific (11/22/2008) points us to a thought-
provoking Encyclopedia Britannica Blog post
by author Michael Ross entitled, The Fast-Food
Information Age: We Are What We Read.

Citing two recent academic studies, Ross states that
"between 90% and 98% of library users today assume
that they can get all of the information they need just
by doing a search on Google. This means that even teachers
and students—whose jobs and degrees depend on trust and
accuracy—in addition to ordinary Internet users, turn to search
engines (e.g., Google, Yahoo) as their first, and perhaps only,
destination for information."

Ross encourages us follow the lead of the natural, whole foods
movement and "care as much about what we put into our
brains as we put into our stomachs."