When I first discovered the idea of Taylorism in HRD Management last semester, I was astounded at how often we may find the principles still at work today. While images of a stopwatch and a harried worker may be the first thing that comes to mind for those that are familiar, think sincerely of your own workplace and whether or not a more modern version of that same picture may very well still be at play. Now, take it a step further and apply that same framework to the internet and how we read and process information in today’s world. Does this statement hold some truth?
I believe that Nicholas Carr, albeit that he pointed this out in his article Is Google Making Us Stupid in 2008, may have truly been on to something. As quipped by the author in the article when referencing a conversation with an acquaintance, many minds are finding that they are beginning to think in a sort of “staccato” quality. We scan information, stopping mid-way through to check email as it dings to alert its incoming. We then return to that information, only to stop a few moments later again to ‘google’ a word and its meaning. In class we crave interaction and may struggle to sit still long enough to read a lengthy passage or text.
It’s this sort of scattered thought or processing of information that Carr believes has come from our increased use (dependence?) on technology, or more specifically, the internet. But it causes me to ponder whether or not this change in the taking in of information has also affected the way that we learn as well. Our methodologies have changed due to technology’s influence, we now incorporate blogging and various methods into our learning assignments in class (as we do and are studying in 641!). But is this more effective overall (collaboratively, cognitively, expansively)? Or simply more effective as a result of the change in the way that our mind takes in information?