One of the things that caught my attention while reading Carr’s book is on page 89 when it quotes Marshall McLuhan’s Understanding Media saying “A new medium is never an addition to an old one, nor does it leave the old one in peace. It never ceases to oppress the older media until it finds new shapes and positions for them.” What the quote is really trying to say is traditional media is constantly being remade or recycled and found new uses instead of having it be destroyed or taken away because new ways of distribution are always popping up. It then goes on to talk about how the way people view this new media compared to traditional media causes them to get less information out of what they are viewing. The book uses hyperlinks as an example of new media today and it states that hyperlinks retain a person’s attention away from what they are originally reading and they cause more distractions as well.
My opinion on this topic is that I’d have to agree that the new medium created for media does divert a lot of attention away from what we really wanted to know and now that everything is online and on computers, I feel as if people do not get that hands on touch that they originally got when they had something right in front of them or a simple electronic document or PDF to look at. Me personally, I’d rather have something right in front of me to read rather than on the computer or a screen because I wonder off to doing something else and take more time trying to relearn what I just read.
There was this article I read that did not necessarily argue new media is worse than traditional media, but said that right now there is not enough results and conclusions from the new technology that can prove new media is better. It says students writing skills sometimes suffer from using slang online and in texts so when they write they tend to have more minor errors that they unconsciously make, but at the same time it says students who use computers tend to write longer essays, not always being the best, but still using more words. It goes into other examples, giving both sides a valid argument, but I guess that the only real answer will come once there is enough evidence to prove it.