What’s left out is the fact that emerging technologies are a double-edged sword. Whether the internet is a mindless distraction or the greatest educational tool ever invented is all in how you use it.
To be clear, there is a real risk in “excessive passivity” -- the habit of merely consuming information put in front of you, rather than actively cultivating knowledge in areas that are valuable to you.
But addressing this problem can be done in a much more pragmatic way. Consider it a habit audit, or an honest look at how you are spending your time.
The Orwell vs. Huxley comparison in this piece is perfect.
/via Ian Williams