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The internet is the great magnifier

Answered => “Is the Internet making us stupid and shallow thinkers?” on Quora.

http://www.quora.com/Is-the-Internet-making-us-stupid-and-shallow-thinkers

=> My answer…

As a general rule of thumb the internet is a magnifier – whether that’s IQ or a great/awful brand. For individuals the potential for greatness is certainly there, but it was there prior to the internet and look where that got us.

=> I also added a comment to Rajan Chandi’s answer…

True, but I see the second half of your answer slightly different. Quora is entertaining, often insightful and it does increase awareness. However, I’m not so sure there’s a one-for-one link between awareness and smart.

Maybe it’s just me but I see quite a few myths, half-truths, “conventional wisdom”, etc. voted up when they shouldn’t be. And not to be a cynic but quite a few answers state the obvious and are one dimensional. Crowdsourcing is great. It has many useful applications. But at the end of the day it often just reflects the average, yes? There’s nothing wrong with average – just don’t overestimate its actual value.

IMHO, smart is about connecting the dots. To take Y, map it to Z and walk away with Y + Z + X, with X being the depth and breadth of the space in between. In addition, smart isn’t just about the quantity of what you know. It’s a function of quality as well. Finally, it’s also important to consider what you were wise enough to ignore.

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