Are you using the Internet correctly? The winner of Nicholas Carr's sentence of the week, the suggestion that there is a correct use of the network drew a predictably acerbic response from the author of The Shallows.
The problem of course is that the network is too big to know. Information has always been part of a larger whole, so it's curious to me that anyone might be fooled by the network's enervating presence into believing it can be used this way to produce serendipity or that way to generate bound knowledge. Such claims only make a fool of the claimant. Yes, more than ever, what's knowable may be known. But it's never complete. It's that sort of in these pixelated times that divides today's popular culture between the solemn and the sarcastic, and makes plausible The Onion's claim to be "America's Finest News Source." It's that sort of - my view - that makes artists and conceptualizers more important than ever.
Carr's post is titled "The serendipity machine is low on oil" and brought to mind the commercial here for the Nissan Leaf.