May 30, 2006

The benefits of not finding what you want…

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/5018998.stm

I found this article on the BBC News website very interesting, not least because it made me think about my own habits.

The idea put forward is that random exposure to subjects, viewpoints and media that you would not usually search for is important in broadening people's horizons and even in increasing their creativity. But is new technology increasing or decreasing the incidence of serendipity it? And is it really that important?


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  1. Nick Howes

    I think it's increasing it. I know many students who can spend hours clicking the "Random" button on Wikipedia, slowly absorbing interesting and useless knowledge :) And as for music, I swear by last.fm to play me a mix of music I know, and excellent artists I might not stumble on otherwise.

    30 May 2006, 15:02


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