Does social networking damage your brain: ‘Newsnight’ interview

by Richard on February 25, 2009

Following a coment by Wood, here’s an interview featuring Ben Goldacre which
challengesthe claim that social networking hurts your brain. All in
the intersts of balance, you understand.

Posted via email from Richard Hall’s perfectly pointless blog

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }


Kim 02.25.09 at 3:40 pm

That was a jolly joust. Ben Goldacre may be right. After all, the Luddites were wrong about the printing press. Then again, they were right about the clock! (I wish Neil Postman, who was right about the telly - and who was sceptical about early computer culture in general, and worried about its trajectory - was still with us.) So more research needs to be done on this matter. However, I somehow doubt it will be done by a posterity that sits on its posterior with its brains idling, if not addling, gnostically having what is by-and-large junk-conversation. But the biggest problem Ben Goldacre has in being persuasive is: how do you take him seriously when he looks like, and his name sounds like, a cartoon character? Doh!


Richard 02.25.09 at 5:20 pm

>>“So more research needs to be done on this matter.”

As it happens, I’m just getting started on my MPhil. It is going to be about the effects of new technology on our ‘God talk’. I’m trying to decide where to focus it - “professionals” (ie anyone whose shirt buttons at the back, + maybe academia) or the ‘ordinary theology’ of the church.


Wood 02.26.09 at 9:19 am

I think the thing that most interests, now that I have seen the video, is that — even though he is clearly sane and therefore recognises Sigman’s paper as stupid — Goldacre is not arguing against the idea that social netowrking may be damaging. He is arguing that Sigman’s methodology is unscientific. He is arguing *for* science.

And being ignored.

Which is a bit depressing.

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