March 23, 2010

News & Opinion: How Content is Changing Culture

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 7:47 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

"...culture is effectively eating its own seed stock." A very interesting article posted in Sunday's New York Times, "Texts Without Context," detailing the shift in how people receive and process information. Drawing on books like Nick Carr's forthcoming The Shallows, and Andrew Keen's The Cult of the Amateur, the lengthy article describes the issue from all angles: how creators of content are being marginalized to produce bits for no charge (published via social media and other internet sources), and how recipients of that content pick and choose what they want, which merely reinforces their interest and ideals, potentially closing the door on discourse and unbiased, broader learning. And where does this lead? We can only speculate, but it doesn't look good. However, this is the state of things. And articles like the NYT piece and the books mentioned offer an examination of this situation. We must be conscious of it.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.