War for the Web
07 02.12

Knowledge and its value

The Atlantic published a great article last week about the James Joyce Story of Leopold Bloom, and how the Internet has changed society.

Leopold Bloom was an intelligent man without education. He craved access to knowledge but was unable to get it, or rather, that was the struggle the book lays out. A man who is curious, a man who strives to better himself, but who has access to limited resources in this regard.

The Internet does not make a story like this obsolete, certainly there are still barriers to knowledge and learning. But the Internet, and services like Wikipedia that go along with it, has certainly increased the layman’s access to knowledge. Anyone with an Internet connection can begin to explore the intellectual universe in a way that was not possible 20 years ago.

Read more here.

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