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We're in an age of knowledge overload, and an excessive amount of of what we watch, listen and browse is unsuitable, deceitful or maybe risky. but you and that i can take regulate and make media serve us -- we all -- by way of being energetic shoppers and members. Here's how. With a Foreword by means of Clay Shirky.

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1%, less than 1 percentage point better than it was at its worst point’ (2011, 2). They discovered that companies might have stopped shedding workers, but they didn’t hire people. Analysing figures of the US Department of Commerce, they also found that investment in equipment and software had already returned to 95% of its historical peak (2011, 3). These numbers indicate clearly that the recession was only over for the machines: companies bought new equipment, but they didn’t employ. com - Trial Access - PalgraveConnect - 2013-11-01 How the Automation of Knowledge Changes Skilled Work The Silent Revolution are built upon.

An interesting reaction: instead of being enthusiastic about the new possibilities of sifting through more knowledge than ever before, we have suspected them with Nicholas Carr (2008) of ‘making us stupid’. After having clarified that the role of an expert has still a place, it is now time to understand where the hypothesis, technical knowledge makes us stupid, is coming from. com - Trial Access - PalgraveConnect - 2013-11-01 The Silent Revolution 38 39 science looks for knowledge proper, technology is generally considered to be after a less-pure endeavour: it is considered as applied knowledge or practical knowledge.

We are at a loss. We wake up with the feeling that we need to work harder. We go to bed with the fact that we will never know enough. There will be some new information in the next days, hours, minutes, seconds, and it will come from London, New York, Shenzen, Tokyo, Gdansk, Berlin, or Bangalore. Better update. Our expertise is constantly threatened, which leaves us with the impression we cannot do our job. Our job security is at stake. It is of no wonder that the French sociologist Alain Ehrenberg speaks of our working environments as ‘the antechamber of a nervous breakdown’ (Ehrenberg 2009, 184).

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