(I wanted to make this an editorial comment, but the story is good enough that I'm sure it will get posted anyway)
Something that's interesting to point out is that you're considering "jacking in" in order to absorb information faster.
I know exactly what you're talking about- I'd love to have ages of time to read all the comments here on K5, but as it stands, I only read the comments on a few stories, and post even less.
The reason I'd like to read more (and it sounds like this is similar to your situation) is that reading this stuff gives me pleasure, it's something that I enjoy.
Bringing this back around to the cultural implications of fast-reading/jacking in:
You say you want to read faster so you can enjoy more? The information on K5 is already in digital, easily parseable format, right?
Why do we (as a culture) need to read that information with eyes? We could have some sort of HUD-glasses which scroll information at the bottom of computer screens. I used to think that it was impossible to absorb information presented in that manner, but sitting with a friend watching ESPN, his ability to notice information in thier popup scrollers at the bottom is uncanny.
Since information transmitted in that manner is almost subliminal anyway, how is that different from a little plug in the back of the head, or a plug in the ear, that transmits information to you continuously?
I think there was a "New Twilight Zone" episode that I once saw (maybe not Twilight Zone, but some tv show that was in color, and was eerie). This episode explored a world where everybody was constantly connected (wirelessly) to "the net", except for this one main character whose body wouldn't accept the implant or something. Basically people forgot how to read because all the information was being transmitted to them electronically somehow.
How would something like *that* affect culture?
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