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I have had a very similar experience to Kaj regarding the preference for quick response over serious reflection, and that tendency has made me take serious pause (appropriately, i suppose) when deciding whether to continue on an academic career path. I believe that the privileging of the quick is partially, as you say, the result of modeling behavior on what is available for mass consumption in the media (after all, the people who tend to create promiscuous output are also going to be disproportionally represented in the public sphere, normalizing the pace of their output). It's also, I think, a defense mechanism to the psychological impact of the overall input/output disequalibrium. With so much noise out there, how can people know when they have appropriate/enough knowledge to be ready to speak? This is one reason why I am slow to embrace the 'democratizing internet culture' narrative. Democratization does not, as Hannah Arendt pointed out, mean the same thing as the erosion of authority and the equalization of all voices. Once equalized, once democratized, it must seem onerous to be asked to think carefully about an opinion, to study history, to identify and become familiar with relevant discourses. It's also why i'm slow -- though i'm beginning -- to participate in the blog culture. At what point does a proliferation of content also become a diffusion?
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