[FoRK] The Internet Is a Major Driver of the Growth of Cognitive Inequality

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Mon Feb 27 12:06:07 PST 2012


Many people don't learn the right meta-knowledge, or learn anti-patterns, both which prevent them from bootstrapping into a virtuous 
cycle.

This happens for knowledge in general, benefiting from the Internet, and economically.  Because of the fortunate genesis plus 
thoughtful guidance of enlightened souls, the Internet as a whole tries pretty hard to help people with this.  Economically, you can 
break out with major effort, but many doers should be doing more to help others.  While there are a few short-term ways that things 
can be competitive in fixed opportunity situations, overall more competent people grows the pie.  The world, and the world of 
possibilities, is elastic.

sdw

On 2/27/12 7:17 AM, geege schuman wrote:
> Or both are just mutually independent fact.
>
> On Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 10:13 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer<greg at bolcer.org>wrote:
>
>> One man's income inequality is another man's economic freedom and mobility.
>>
>> Greg
>>
>>
>> On 2/26/2012 10:06 PM, Stephen Williams wrote:
>>
>>> http://motherjones.com/kevin-**drum/2012/02/internet-major-**
>>> driver-growth-cognitive-**inequality<http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2012/02/internet-major-driver-growth-cognitive-inequality>
>>>
>>>
>>> Moral of the story: the internet makes dumb people dumber and smart
>>>> people smarter. If you don't know how to use it, or don't have the
>>>> background to ask the right questions, you'll end up with a head full
>>>> of nonsense. But if you do know how to use it, it's an endless wealth
>>>> of information. Just as globalization and de-unionization have been
>>>> major drivers of the growth of income inequality over the past few
>>>> decades, the internet is now a major driver of the growth of cognitive
>>>> inequality. Caveat emptor.
>>>>



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