It’s amazing to me, but looking back over nearly a decade of writing I find posts that still impress, with information that is as useful now as when it was written. Golden Oldies is a collection of what I consider some of the best posts during that time.
It’s been three years since I wrote this, but crowdthinking has increased geometrically, while independent thinking, let alone deep thinking, has decreased in proportion. You have only to consider the questions on Quora and the crowd’s actions/reactions at any political rally to see just how bad it’s become. Read other Golden Oldies here
What do you think?
Do you think?
Or perhaps the question is ‘how do you think’ around the clutter and the noise.
“Nobody can think anymore because they’re constantly interrupted,” said Leslie Perlow, a Harvard Business School professor and author of “Sleeping With Your Smartphone.” “Technology has enabled this expectation that we always be on.” Workers fear the repercussions that could result if they are unavailable, she said.
Of course, there is the alternative of ‘why bother thinking’ when one can just ask and receive crowdsourced thoughts on any subject imaginable; from where/what to eat to raising your kids to how/when to die.
But what happens to the crowd when everybody stops bothering to think?
At that point the old saying, everyone has a right to be stupid, but some just abuse the privilege, kicks in with a vengeance.
Rather than joining the crowd, take time to think; you may be one of the few left who do.
Flickr image credit: Alyssa L. Miller