ramblings, the "quickening"
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> As an engineer one thing that occured to me
> recently is the sheer volume of high frequency
> stimuli that young brains are exposed to...
The downside to a lot of available information and gimmicky
presentation is overload and reduced attention spans. The
teachers I know have noticed it over the last decade and say
a classroom is harder to control or keep busy. There are
teachers on the list, maybe they'd like to comment on that
What I've seen myself is a veering away from basics as so much
now is pre-packaged. Kids are no more adept at hunting for
information sources than we were. I think the claims that they are
completely Internet savvy (compared to their "ignorant parents")
> Have you watched a music video show lately??
> Non-stop alternating images, all very intense
> and symbolic, at frequencies that would drive an
> older person crazy. Like stuff from a 50's horror
> movie about "brainwashing".
As above, pre-packaged junk. And I try to say that with an open
mind. Look at Top Of The Pops for example. An endless parade
of groups like Five or jiggying-about skinny birds. In "my day"
there was so much more variety. Which I might add is very popular
today as classic hits or r'n'r. I have a few friends who are DJs,
and between us we can't even imagine what the hell could be
considered material from this decade for a classic station in 10
years time. It's all so superficial
Despite the alleged fitness boom, I think people are getting softer
and also not necessarily more intellectual. Look at the vast number
of 9-5ers who go thrill-seeking at the week-end, perhaps as some
sort of stress relief or trying to hold onto some sort of bloke-iness
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