Brian Eno and other Long Now Foundation members weigh in.
The Long Now Blog recently linked to a collection of responses to the Annual Question posed by John Brockman's Edge, "How is the internet changing the way you think?"
There are over 160 responses from scientists and thinkers, including Long Now Board Members such as Stewart Brand and Brian Eno. Here's an excerpt from Eno's response, which is by far one of my favorites:
I notice that I now digest my knowledge as a patchwork drawn from a wider range of sources than I used to. I notice too that I am less inclined to look for joined-up finished narratives and more inclined to make my own collage from what I can find. I notice that I read books more cursorily — scanning them in the same way that I scan the Net — 'bookmarking' them.
I notice that I correspond with more people but at less depth. I notice that it is possible to have intimate relationships that exist only on the Net — that have little or no physical component. I notice that it is even possible to engage in complex social projects — such as making music — without ever meeting your collaborators. I am unconvinced of the value of these.
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Oblique Strategies is a set of special cards created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt whose purpose is to provide creative inspiration.
In an interview, Eno describes them thusly:
The Oblique Strategies evolved from me being in a number of working situations when the panic of the situation - particularly in studios - tended to make me quickly forget that there were others ways of working and that there were tangential ways of attacking problems that were in many senses more interesting than the direct head-on approach. If you're in a panic, you tend to take the head-on approach because it seems to be the one that's going to yield the best results. Of course, that often isn't the case - it's just the most obvious and - apparently - reliable method. The function of the Oblique Strategies was, initially, to serve as a series of prompts which said, "Don't forget that you could adopt *this* attitude," or "Don't forget you could adopt *that* attitude."
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