Comment on My social media motivation by Howard Rheingold

Depending on how far you want to dig into it, Gabriel, you can find discussions about how spoken language, the written word, the printing press have co-evolved with the way people think and communicate. Some valuable aspects of old media are lost and other value is gained, and until very recently in a process that you could stretch back for a hundred thousand years, I don’t think very many people thought about and debated what we are gaining and losing. Probably the most famous early commentary was Socrates, who said this (among other things) about the alphabet: “For this invention will produce forgetfulness in the minds of those who learn to use it, because they will not practice their memory. Their trust in writing, produced by external characters which are no part of themselves, will discourage the use of their own memory within them. You have invented an elixir not of memory, but of reminding; and you offer your pupils the appearance of wisdom, not true wisdom, for they will read many things without instruction and will therefore seem to know many things, when they are for the most part ignorant and hard to get along with, since they are not wise, but only appear wise.”