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The Printing Press, Literacy, and the Rise and Fall of the Secret Society of Adults

November 9, 2016

Brett and Kate McKay are at it again, with a followup to the recent article on the problem of immaturity among young men. They’ve been reading some of the right stuff and they are drawing some good conclusions. Again, well worth a read.

The central problem can be summarized this way: in world where “everything is for everybody,” an illusion emerges that “everybody knows everything.” Which is to say, the current media landscape leads one to believe that all knowledge is out there and easily accessible, and that it can, and should be, economically summarized. Yet while breadth of knowledge has decidedly expanded (Eric Schmidt once noted that we create as much information every two days as was created in the whole of human history up to 2003), depth of knowledge has shrunk. Adults no longer acknowledge the hidden expanses lying beneath a subject that might yet be plumbed.

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