Chapter 7 of Michael Strangelove’s text The Empire of Mind introduces its readers to Pierre Lévy, an interesting scholar, philosopher and technology specialist. According to Eurotopics.net, Lévy believes the Internet to have more power than “the printing press, the radio, or the television, because it allows cross communication and better use of collective memory.”
This makes perfect sense: With the Internet, we can be exposed to anything and everything… and nothing disappears from the abyss of cyberspace, memories live longer than we do.
On page 200 of Strangelove’s text, Lévy states that cyberspace “is the catalyst that will perfect cultural and biological evolution and deliver control over our collective identity.” He goes on to say, “through cyberspace we will learn everything that is possible to learn.” The views of this French philosopher are indeed “breathtaking” as Strangelove states in his text.
Lévy believes “whomever can formulate a question, all will become visible.” (pg. 200) And I have to agree completely. Through the likes of the Internet I can find the answers to all of life’s undying questions- any tiny bit of information I so desire seems to exist on the Internet and every time I need to prove someone wrong, the Internet’s got it covered for me. The points raised by Lévy seem…so true.
Lévy believes that the Internet “will enhance human cognition and make us smarter and better.” (pg. 201) The Internet provides information to us at our every whim. With the Internet we can we find outlets for great amounts creativity: Blogging, vlogging and amateur videos, to name a few prime examples.
Pierre Lévy is smart, but not as smart as the Internet.