Did you Google it?
The culture of Googling everything is diminishing innovation and critical thinking.
Person A: “I have this great Idea!” Person B: “What is it?” Person A: “Well its __ for __!. Isn’t that awesome” Person B: (Quickly googles on his phone) “There are already X companies doing exactly that” Person A: “Ohhh…“(Drops his head in shame and moves on”
The most innovative ideas were mostly created by multiple people independently and not knowingly.
Do the lowered barriers to knowledge reduce our ability for critical thinking? How can we maximize the inherent benefits of the web; while minimizing these 2nd order effects?