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'Google a tragedy for young people' - says noted semiotician

That got your attention, didn't it?

Anyway, Umberto Eco has been grilled by Der Spiegel, and this quote was just dying to be taken out of context.  So I have taken the opportunity:

SPIEGEL: But you also said that lists can establish order. So, do both order and anarchy apply? That would make the Internet, and the lists that the search engine Google creates, perfect for you.
Eco: Yes, in the case of Google, both things do converge. Google makes a list, but the minute I look at my Google-generated list, it has already changed. These lists can be dangerous -- not for old people like me, who have acquired their knowledge in another way, but for young people, for whom Google is a tragedy. Schools ought to teach the high art of how to be discriminating.
 

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Blogger James Higham said... 1:36 pm

Google's just a search engine. My they mean Wiki.  



Anonymous Frank said... 2:13 pm

No they mean Google; it searches and produces list.  



Blogger ScotsToryB said... 5:49 pm

Not wanting to upset my old pal James nor even my new friend Frank, my interpretation is that Mr.C. is being self-referential:

'Schools ought to teach the high art of how to be discriminating.'

STB.  



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