I heard a comment a while ago saying that the world is getting more stupid by the minute. We are turning towards reading low-level articles and news and expecting that we will become “educated” or “informed”.
History has shown that human beings find ways to be efficient: we have shortened the English we use day-to-day to be succinct and simplified. We express ourselves in short bursts on Facebook and Twitter. We have short, simple conversations using text messaging and IMs. We are becoming simpletons.
I notice myself reading more articles, blogs, watching short videos and vlogs. I have multiple interests and passions, I love learning about new things from new people; hearing new perspectives on new subject matter. Is this happening to you too?
With all this “micro-blogging” on twitter, multiple interests and variety of information at our fingertips, is the world becoming shallow? Are we, as people, becoming generalists; reading lots of little bites of information but not exploring it any further? Are we destined to lose the depth of knowledge that specialists have come to be known for?
These questions, and more have been on my mind a lot recently. I find I have a wealth of simple information on a wide variety of subject areas, and often engage in many discussions. However, I am often caught off guard, due to my lack of in-depth and thorough knowledge in an area we are discussing.
I think, knowing a little about a lot is very beneficial – you can engage with more people in a wider range of subjects and debates. But, on the other hand we need to be developing our knowledge as specialists too, make sure we read deeper into the subjects that interest us, that we are passionate about.
I think the world is tending towards a society of generalists, and those that will stand out are those people that pursue an in depth knowledge on a particular passion of theirs.
I wish to stand out! I do so by acquiring my in depth knowledge from books. Books explain a particular subject in a lot more detail than blogs, articles and opinions; they provide proof, through arguments and developed perspectives. I have started recollecting my thoughts and learnings from books by reviewing everything I read, with more info on my Book List.
What do you do to build your knowledge? Do you think the world is becoming a society of generalists? Are you a generalist?
Please post your thoughts and comments below.