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The internet seems to play the role of a nervous system for the evolving collective organism of humanity.
I'm not sure where we're all going, but we're sure headed there in a hurry!

It may be replacing the need for a memory! (Until the whole system crashes, that is.) In the meantime, it's no longer necessary to remember things - we can just Google whatever we need to know!

it's no longer necessary to remember things - we can just Google whatever we need to know!

Calculators don't replace knowledge of math, Google does not replace knowledge of the subject. But it certainly makes traditional erudition outdated.

As for Shakespeare, IMO, Shakespeare Goes To the Dogs together with Sparknotes is much more interesting than alternative Shakespeare theories.

As a Mom I love the internet. I never have to say to my overly curious 5 year old "I don't know." I now just say "let's look it up!" You can find the answer to anything by googling it and I feel it teaches our children to use resources available to them for learning. When I was in middle or high school and we didn't know the answer to a question we trekked over to the library and sometimes spent hours researching a subject. I see the internet as simply an easier way of researching the same things. If you research something in a library you still have to retain it. Simply because it is more easily accessible doesn't mean you no longer have a need to remember what you've learned.

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