Too Fast for the Truth

The progression of the way in which we communicate is directly linked to the speed in which we receive information. As we have evolved our technology from the telegraph to the internet the sheer volume of information we receive in a day, in an hour, in a minute is hard to fathom and even more difficult to justify.

“Too fast for the truth”. A New York Times Journalist in 1958 wrote this in a complaint about the way in which the world was beginning to connect and discovering the knowledge of far away places that they previously didn’t have. In hindsight, and with the rapid speed of today’s information, it’s hard to understand his view, but he speaks some truth. This article made me reflect on the way we take in and process all the information we receive through social media, television and how this impacts us. In such a fast world there is very little time to reflect on an article you just read, or a documentary you just watched. We tend to just move on to the next thing without really thinking about it.

Our global networks have broadened, we are more informed about the world and cultures, we are able to come together in times of need. This networking of the world has widened our views immensely and for the better. In saying this, reflection and critically thinking about the information we receive can help us slow down and for the times when reflection just isn’t possible, there is always a funny meme just a scroll away.

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Meme: Made on Imgur by me

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3 thoughts on “Too Fast for the Truth

  1. I like your argument regarding the difficulty of comprehending the effects of the mountains of content thrown at us, through our screens, on a daily basis. However, I’ll pose an alternative view to your statement ‘there is very little time to reflect on an article you just read . . . we tend to just move on to the next thing without really thinking about it’. Perhaps it isn’t a conscious thing, but I feel that much of the information we are exposed to has a storage cell in our brains. Even if we cannot remember each and every detail of an article or source, when confronted with it again it should jolt some sort of memory reaction. When you think about the masses of content being thrown at us each day, each and every single piece is helping to educate us and to form our opinions on various topics and in that sense I see this vast content as potential for mind-expansion and less as something we don’t think about.
    This article (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/reading-paper-screens/) compares reading information on a laptop and a physical book. Check it out if you’re interested!
    I loved your meme by the way, it was funny and original and sums out the ideas of your blog really well. Great post!
    – Claire 🙂

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  2. Great blog post! I feel like i’m the person in the meme, or that’s how I feel at least. I’m the technically slow person who still doesn’t know how to use Tumblr and refuses to touch an iPhone–yeap, im a Samsung user! I don’t think technology is moving too fast though, I just believe we each have a choice in deciding weather or not to keep up or stay stagnant. But its not just me! There are others out there that have no clue what they are doing even holding a phone! However, as technology evolves, it does become more intricate where even the government finds it difficult keeping up with new technologies that incorporate privacy and encryption. This article (http://www.computerweekly.com/news/450294526/Technology-moving-too-fast-for-governments-to-keep-up-says-former-Darpa-chief) delves into the anxieties that the government have with the evolving technologies.
    Great work!!

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