Thursday, January 5, 2012

The death of serendipity

Serendipity has to do with making fortunate discoveries by accident.

In the era of newspapers, this was a common experience. While reading a news item, another headline on the page would catch your eye and seduce you into learning about something else.

It was one of the appealing characteristics of newspapers, this exposure to information that we weren't necessarily seeking --- points of view that were at odds with our own, knowledge of things we hadn't considered, and so on.

It gave us a broader, more balanced, view of the world, and may even have led us to change an opinion or two.

That won't likely happen much in the internet age, as this thought-provoking video reveals.

[Discovered on the blog North End Journal]

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