Are You Cultivating Knowledge, or Just Consuming Information?

Are You Cultivating Knowledge, or Just Consuming Information?

Very relevant and thoughtful article about what can be learned from Orwels and Huxleys dystopian worlds – 1984 and The Brave New World.


Quality output demands quality input.

As healthy food fuels the body, so does brain food fuel the mind. Garbage in, garbage out as they say.

Amidst the “sky is falling” debates over how TV and the Internet are making us mindless drones, this is the real issue to keep in mind — we need to be cultivate more than we consume.

It’s an important concept worthy of regular revisiting.

To begin, let’s explore a theatrical look on what is at stake when we don’t take our information diet as seriously as our nutritional diet.

Drowning in a Sea of Irrelevance

Below is a visual adaptation of passages found in the book Amusing Ourselves to Death.

Comic: by the wonderfully talented Stuart McMillen, the artist who was also behind Supernormal Stimuli. You should subscribe to Stuart’s newsletter to hear about new comics he has coming out in 2014.

More Diving In, Less Checking In

The principle of evaluating how we spend our time is sound, but the discussion these days often mirrors the prose above.

It is exaggerated, and more closely resembles a doomsday prediction than actual advice.

What’s left out is the fact that emerging technologies are a double-edged sword. Whether the internet is a mindless distraction or the greatest educational tool ever invented is all in how you use it.

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