It appears that we are becoming less like hedgehogs and more like foxes; associative knowledge (i.e. hyperlinks) is making us less likely to read books and more likely to skip across topics.
The experts interviewed on Virtual Revolution on the Beeb seemed to think this is a bad thing. Wherever I look online, and in the communities of progressive educators who wish to embrace the technologies that young people use habitually, it is touted as a good thing; access information quickly; process not content etc.
Who is right? Can it be boiled down to something that is wrong or right? Are the legions of future-thinking teachers actually deceiving themselves and pandering to the inherent laziness of the brain which the world wide web allows? Or are there too many people with too much fear of change to accept that new can be better? Time will tell, but by then it might be too late to take that step back and decide we’ve gone too far.