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  Back in 1986, during my last year of high school, there was a radio trivia contest to win tickets to a concert. I didn’t have much money, but I really wanted to go see this particular group, so I sat myself beside the radio one Monday morning, phone in hand, and waited. Now, my head has always been overflowing with completely useless information –probably more so at that time in my life– so I knew I stood just as good a chance as anybody else. Finally, they asked the question: “What was David Bowie’s theatrical rock-star persona backed by the Spiders from Mars?” I dialed as quickly as I could, but I was not the first, and so didn’t win the tickets. For three more mornings, I did the same, each time knowing the answer, but failing to be the first to call. On that Friday, however, the question was much harder: “Whose band did Canadian singer Gowan borrow for the recording of his Strange Animal LP?” This time I won the tickets.
在1986回,在高中的最后一年,有一个无线电知识竞赛赢得一场音乐会的门票。我没有太多的钱,但我真的想去看看这个特殊的群体,所以我坐在旁边的收音机一个星期一上午,电话在手,等待。现在,我的脑子里总是充斥着完全无用的信息,也许更多的是在我生命中的时间,所以我知道我和其他人一样好。最后,他们问的问题:“戴维Bowie的戏剧摇滚明星的身份由火星蜘蛛的支持是什么?“我很快就拨通了我的电话,但我并不是第一个,所以没有赢得这张票。三个早晨,我也做了同样的,每次知道答案,但未能成为第一个呼叫。上星期五,但是,这个问题是非常困难:“他的乐队是加拿大歌手国借他的奇怪的动物LP唱片?“这次我赢了票。

  I was proud of my accomplishment, elated by that vindication of the sheer width and breadth of the mostly impractical data stogged tight into my brain. It seems a little foolish in retrospect, but the accumulation of knowledge was –for me– the most distinguishing facet of my self-identity.
我为自己的成就感到骄傲,是纯粹的宽度和广度是不切实际的数据证明stogged紧进我的大脑兴奋。回想起来似乎有点傻,但知识的积累是为我而来的,是我自我认同的最显著的一面。

  Back then, information was far less transitory. I remember reading and studying endlessly, trying to retain every nugget of information I could, whether it was useful or not. Now, I have become lazy. When a question is asked and I don’t know the response, a quick search on the Net will generally take me directly to the right information. The question answered, the details then drop away from my mind, and I usually forget it completely. I suspect most people do this nowadays, relying upon the Net far more than memory. When someone dials a friend from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, are they really choosing their most knowledgeable friend, or simply the fastest with Google? Who would you phone?
当时,信息远远不那么短暂。我记得无休止地阅读和学习,试图留住每一块的信息我可以,不管是有用的还是不。现在,我变得懒惰。当一个问题被问到,我不知道反应,快速搜索网络上一般都会直接把我带到正确的信息。问题回答了,细节便从我的脑海中消失了,我通常都会忘记它。我怀疑现在大多数人都这样做,靠的是网络远远超过了记忆。当有人拨打了一个朋友从“谁想成为百万富翁?,他们真的选择了他们最有知识的朋友,或者说是最快的谷歌?你会打电话吗?


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