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An unemployable bloke’s lament

This punny story is found in our very own By George Treasury:

My first job was working in an orange juice factory, but I got canned . . . couldn’t concentrate.  Then I worked in the woods as a lumberjack, but I just couldn’t hack it, so they gave me the axe.  After that I tried to be a tailor, but I just wasn’t suited for it, mainly because it was a so-so job.  Next I tried working in a muffler factory but that was too exhausting.  Then I tried to be a chef, figured it would add a little spice to my life, but I just didn’t have the thyme.  I attempted to be a deli worker, but anyway I sliced it, I couldn’t cut the mustard.

My best job was being a musician, but eventually I found I wasn’t noteworthy.  I studied a long time to become a doctor, but I didn’t have any patience.  Next was a job in a shoe factory; I tried but I just didn’t fit in.  I became a professional fisherman, but discovered that I couldn’t live on my net income.  I managed to get a good job working for a pool maintenance company, but the work was just too draining.  So then I got a job in a workout center, but they said I wasn’t fit for the job.

After many years of trying to find steady work, I finally got a job as an historian, until I realized there was no future in it.  My last job was working at Starbucks, but I had to quit because it was always the same old grind.  So, I recently retired and I found I’m perfect for the job!

Chris George, providing reliable PR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? Call 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

 

 

Tis the Season for an E-book

e-book_5When sending your e-mail well wishes in the weeks leading up to Christmas, why not add an e-book to your merry missive? It is easy and inexpensive to attach a By George publication to your electronic greeting.

We have seven e-book publications available as PDF files and offer on-line payment through PayPal. For as little as a toonie, or as much as your Starbucks’ double-whipped cream specialty coffee, here are the gifts you can pull off the By George e-bookshelf.

ORDER ONLINE: Our E-Bookshelf

Say “Merry Christmas, the best of the season…” with:

A Day in the Life of Man – Sustenance for the Soul is a moving collection of verse, thoughts and quotes to inspire and motivate a person through their day. From dawn to dusk, the reader is encouraged to reflect on their daily activities – and challenged to a reach for a new level of understanding about man and about life.

For that politico friend:

Keep ‘em Laughing – classic political jokes delivered on the campaign trail and atop the soapbox is a wonderful collection of funny guffaws, zingers, “shaggy-dog” stories and sideways jokes by politicians, who are always looking for a few laughs to break the ice on the rubber-chicken circuit. These political jokes are classic. Those in the business of politics will know many of these gems as they are heartily received on the campaign trail and at party functions.

Or our own By George Journal collections make thoughtful reads:

By George Treasury is a collection of the very best articles from By George from its launch in the mid-1990’s to 2008. This compilation offers a potpourri of information on effective communication to help at your workplace and with your social affairs.

By George Treasury II picks up where the first treasury collection ends. This e-book is a compilation of five years from By George Journal postings of 2009 through 2013. Page after page, you will find useful and interesting materials you will want to share at work or with your friends.

Visit Our E-Bookshelf to place your on-line order.

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Chris George provides reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? Call 613-983-0801 @CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

Your Checklist for Effective Meetings

Through this week, the By George Journal has posted some helpful tips on how to make the meetings you attend more effective, more relevant to your work and/or interests. We start this feature by providing you with a useful checklist (this advice has been taken from the By George Treasury). We trust these tips will make for more efficient and productive meetings in the future.

We suggest you clip and save this checklist for effective meetings!

  • Have an agenda and circulate it prior to the meeting. Ensure the agenda expresses the objective of the meeting.
  • Invite the correct people at the meeting those who have information to contribute or must follow-through on what is being shared.
  • Prepare yourself and know the issues to be discussed.
  • Circulate materials prior to the meeting, if there are articles or items that will be discussed.
  • Start the meeting on time. Keep the meeting moving along by sticking to the agenda.
  • Announce expectations at the outset of the meeting. Should the discussion be derailed, bring the meeting back on track by restating the objective(s) and expectations.
  • Be attentive to the person speaking — do not begin sidebar conversations or be reading or completing paperwork while a person is talking. You expect common courtesy from others, so practice it yourself.
  • If you are the Chair, attempt to engage all the participants in the discussion. This will ensure everyone is on the same page.
  • At the end of the meeting, review discussion and decisions made and any action items for follow-up to the meeting.
  • Attempt to keep the meeting to 60 minutes — spend as little time as is needed to understand the issues and agree on action items.

 

(ed. –We have tagged “meetings” and these articles you can find many more tips for conducting an effective meeting.)

 

Chris George provides reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? Call 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

 

Our e-bookshelf

e-book_1Check out our e-bookshelf for the seven e-books available as PDF files for your reading enjoyment. Visit our e-bookshelf to get your By George writing today.

 

By George Journal E-bookshelf

 

We offer on-line payment through PayPal. (Once your order is complete, you will receive an e-mail containing your e-book.) For less than the price of your Starbucks morning coffee, you can pull from the By George e-bookshelf:

Becoming Better Communicators

Keep Them Laughing

1001 Quotes on Politics, Elections, Democracy and Government

Our 1000 FAV Quotes

A Day in the Life of Man – Sustenance for the Soul

The By George Treasury

By George Treasury II

Chris George, providing reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

Great One-Liners

  • My husband and I divorced over religious differences. He thought he was God and I didn’t!
  • I don’t suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.
  • I Work Hard Because Millions On Welfare Depend on Me!
  • I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.
  • Don’t take life too seriously; no one gets out alive.
  • You’re just jealous because the voices only talk to me.
  • Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
  • Earth is the insane asylum for the universe.
  • Quoting one is plagiarism; quoting many is research.
  • I’m not a complete idiot — some parts are missing.
  • Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.
  • NyQuil, the stuffy, sneezy, why-the-heck-is-the-room-spinning medicine.
  • God must love stupid people; he made so many.
  • The gene pool could use a little chlorine.
  • It IS as BAD as you think, and they ARE out to get you.
  • Consciousness: that annoying time between naps.
  • Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
  • Being “over the hill” is much better than being under it!
  • Procrastinate Now!
  • FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION. It comes bundled with the software.
  • A hangover is the wrath of grapes.
  • A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.
  • STUPIDITY IS NOT A HANDICAP. Park elsewhere!
  • They call it PMS because Mad Cow Disease was already taken.
  • He who dies with the most toys is nonetheless dead.
  • HAM AND EGGS – A day’s work for a chicken, a lifetime commitment for a pig.
  • The trouble with life is there’s no background music.

 

This humourist list of one-liners and many more funny stories and jokes can be found in the By George Treasury. (ed. – Y’know e-books make great gifts – check our on-line store: Our E-bookshelf.)

Chris George, providing reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

25 FAV quotes of William James

williamjamesHere are 25 of our favourite bons mots of William James.

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  • A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
  • Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
  • Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
  • Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state.
  • Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
  • If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.
  • In the dim background of mind we know what we ought to be doing but somehow we cannot start.
  • It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.
  • It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.
  • Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.
  • Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.
  • Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
  • Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
  • The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one.
  • The essence of genius is to know what to overlook.
  • The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
  • The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.
  • The ideas gained by men before they are twenty-five are practically the only ideas they shall have in their lives.
  • The world is all the richer for having a devil in it, so long as we keep our foot upon his neck.
  • The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.
  • There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man’s lack of faith in his true Self.
  • To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.
  • Truth is what works.
  • We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.
  • We never fully grasp the import of any true statement until we have a clear notion of what the opposite untrue statement would be.

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(ed. – These William James quotes and more can be found in By George Treasury II – in Our E-bookshelf)

Chris George, providing reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

 

Our lost politicians

As our politicians are about to escape Ottawa to break for the summer, By George offers this gem: 

 

A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted, “Excuse me. Can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.”

The woman below said, “You’re in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You’re between 40 and 41degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.”

“You must be a consultant,” said the balloonist.

“I am,” said the woman. “How did you know?”

“Well,” said the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically correct, but I’ve no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help at all. If anything, you’ve delayed my trip.”

The woman below said, “You must be a politician.”

“I am,” replied the balloonist, “but how did you know?”

“Well,” said the woman, “you don’t know where you are or where you’re going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise which you’ve no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it’s my fault.”

 

This political joke and many more can be found in Keep ’em Laughing – classic political jokes delivered on the campaign trail and atop the soapbox – which can be purchased directly from Our E-Bookshelf.

Chris George, providing reliable PR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? Call 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

The Talking Dog

 

   The following amusing story

   can be found in our publication

   By George Treasury.  

 

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A guy is driving around the back woods of northern Ontario and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: ‘Talking Dog For Sale.’ He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard.

The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.

“You talk?” he asks.

“Yep,” the Lab replies.

After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says “So, what’s your story?”

The Lab looks up and says, “Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so I told our Canadian Security Intelligence Service. In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running.”

“But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn’t getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the Ottawa airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in.”

“I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals. I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I’m just retired.”

The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.

“Ten dollars,” the guy says.

“Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! I’ll take him – here’s the money. But tell me now, why on earth are you selling him so cheap?”

“Because he’s a liar. He never did any of that stuff. ”

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(ed. – You can order your e-copy of this first collection, the By George Treasury, at our E-bookshelf – CLICK HERE.)

The By George Treasury e-books

Our By George scribes have a treasure trove of material – available in two e-books.

 

By-George-Treasury_95-08-1-231x300The By George Treasury is a resourceful and fun compilation that has been selected from the more than one thousand articles from more than a decade of our writings. We have looked back to gather lists of some of the most remarkable quotations, classic wordplay, puns and quizzes, editorials, the best of the humour over the years, and the 15-most popular feature articles to have appeared in the publication. From the initial editorial found in the very first edition, through to the slew of jokes in the summertime 2008 issue, we have picked the crème de la crème.

 

By George Treasury IIThe By George Treasury ~ Book II spans five years of By George Journal postings from 2009 through 2013. This book offers a potpourri of information on effective communication to help at your workplace and with your social affairs. And so, page after page, you will find useful and interesting materials you will want to share at work or with your friends.

 

The front piece of the second treasury states the edition “marks another milestone for us as active advocates and wordsmiths of an independent PR firm. After returning to the Ottawa area from more than a decade in Niagara, we realize we’re basking in the dawn of a new chapter of our lives. So, at this time, it seems fitting to produce another treasury volume of our journal entries which will allow us to turn over new journal pages – both literally and figuratively.”

 

Pick up your copies of these e-books from Our E-bookshelf.

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By George Treasury II – a potpourri

By George Treasury II

 

As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, earlier this year released our second compilation – the By George Treasury ~ Book II – which spans five years of By George Journal postings from 2009 through 2013.

The book offers a potpourri of information on effective communication to help at your workplace and with your social affairs. And so, page after page, you will find useful and interesting materials you will want to share at work or with your friends.

The front piece states that the treasury edition “marks another milestone for us as active advocates and wordsmiths of an independent PR firm. After returning to the Ottawa area from more than a decade in Niagara, we realize we’re basking in the dawn of a new chapter of our lives. So, at this time, it seems fitting to produce another treasury volume of our journal entries which will allow us to turn over new journal pages – both literally and figuratively.”

Pick up your copy of this e-book for only $5.00 from the By George Journal’s e-bookshelf.

 

By George Treasury ~ Book II

By George Treasury IIToday we are releasing our latest treasure album. By George Treasury ~ Book II picks up where the first treasury collection ends. Released as an e-book, this compilation spans five years of By George Journal postings – 2009 through 2013.

The book offers a potpourri of information on effective communication to help at your workplace and with your social affairs. And so, page after page, you will find useful and interesting materials you will want to share at work or with your friends.

In the frontpiece of the book, I state the treasury edition “marks another milestone for us as active advocates and wordsmiths of an independent PR firm. After returning to the Ottawa area from more than a decade in Niagara, we realize we’re basking in the dawn of a new chapter of our lives. So, at this time, it seems fitting to produce another treasury volume of our journal entries which will allow us to turn over new journal pages – both literally and figuratively.”

Pick up your copy of this e-book for only $5.00 from our e-bookshelf.

By George Journal E-bookshelf

 

By George, join us!

The By George editorial mission is to share provocative thoughts on the pages of this on-line journal, on our Facebook page, and with our regular tweets of quotes and quirky observations. We connect daily to provide inspirational thought, motivation – and fun into our readers’ days.  Visit the pages of this By George Journal for our regular posts. Also, join us in our other media:

 

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Through this Fall, we are celebrating the lead up to CG&A COMMUNICATIONS’ 20th birthday (that special date is in January).  We are releasing a few e-books on political jokes from the campaign trail, political quotes, new creative writings, as well as the publication of By George Treasury II.  

 

We are looking forward to the next three months and an active on-line dialogue with our followers. Consider joining the By George conversation.

Join the By George conversation

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The By George editorial mission is to share provocative thoughts on the pages of this on-line journal, on our Facebook page, and with our regular tweets of quotes and quirky observations. We connect daily to provide inspirational thought, motivation – and fun into our readers’ days.

 

This Fall we will bring readers more thoughtful quotes and useful top-ten lists, more insights into effective communications tactics and musings on Government. We also plan to release an e-book on political jokes from the campaign trail, a By George Treasury II, as well as new creative writings.   

 

Make it a habit to visit this journal a couple times a week to view the posts.  And consider joining the greater By George conversation on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn. We look forward to our exchanges.

Our Cyber Monday Bundles – Click and Save Today

Cyber Monday is a marketing term created by American companies to persuade people to shop online. It falls on the Monday after Black Friday, the Friday following the American Thanksgiving Weekend.

 

The term made its debut on November 28, 2005 in a Shop.org and in 2006 the on-line company launched the CyberMonday.com portal, a one-stop shop for Cyber Monday deals. In the seven years since, this phenomenon has taken off. In 2010, comScore reported the first-ever $1 billion online shopping day ($1028M), an increase of 16 percent over 2009. In 2011, comScore reported that Cyber Week saw US consumers spend over $6 billion online from November 28 to December 2.

 

Cyber Monday came to Canada in 2008. According to a National Post 2010 article, an estimated 80% of Canadians were expected to participate in Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Last year about 80% of online retailers in Canada were participating in Cyber Monday. In 2012, this day, CG&A COMMUNICATIONS enters the on-line sales frenzy offering our readers two bundled packages with value savings of 50%.

 

Today – click and save 50%

Inspiration Bundle

When you purchase one of three striking By George Inspirations posters, you will also receive a print copy of The By George Treasury and a package of 14 “What a Wonderful World” scenic note cards.  This is a value of $70 for the price of $35.  Order your Inspiration Bundle today only!

E-Treasury Bundle

When you purchase an on-line copy of The By George Treasury, you will also electronically receive our moving collection of verse, A Day in the Life of Man – Sustenance for the Soul and our quotes collection 1001 Quotes on Politics, Elections, Democracy and Government. This is a value of $20 for the price of $10.  Order your E-Treasury Bundle today only!

 

Sources of inspiration and motivation

By George Journal offers e-books, posters and other materials that serve as sources of inspiration and motivation – all available on-line in our By George Store.

Our latest addition to the store has been a series of scenic note cards featuring David Demoe’s trips to Africa, California, Nova Scotia, as well as his local treks through the Niagara Region. (The accompanying photo displays the seven remarkable photos that grace the cover of these blank-inside note cards. Click on the image to see larger, clearer photos.)

There are also available 3 striking By George Inspirations posters that feature evocative quotes and remarkable imagery.

We currently have four publications on the e-bookshelf:  Becoming Better Communicators – a self-empowering handbook to improve your workplace and social exchanges; A Day in the Life of Man – Sustenance for the Soul – a moving collection of verse, thoughts and quotes; 1001 Quotes on Politics, Elections, Democracy and Government – a compilation of favourite, remarkable quotes; and, By George Treasury – a potpourri collection of the very best from the early years of By George.

There is also a selection of memorable one-pagers – Bulletin Board Wisdom – that are free to print off for use in your workplace or at your next social.

All materials can be purchased via PayPal in the By George Store.

3 top posts of 2011: On becoming Google-stupid, a digital dummy

As we become more computer dependent, there is an emerging argument that we are fast becoming intellectual mutants. Does increased screen time equate directly to a devolving humanity?

A few nights ago, our family saw an interesting and frightening CBC documentary entitled “Are We Digital Dummies?” This is worth every minute of your time!

As we cope with our wired world, we’re at the point that we must begin probing whether we can think for ourselves and socially interact? Are we all fast becoming “Google-stupid”?

Herbert Simon, Nobel Prize winning economist, wrote: “What information consumes is rather obvious. It consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.” And for those who believe that information is power, Albert Einstein warned: “Information is not knowledge.”

The documentary and these learned reflections took me back to a previously written article that was first published in the By George Treasury.  In this excerpt, we make a few suggestions for dealing with our modern day info-glut.

       It is the amount of data that a person is expected to absorb that is scary. Consider that a daily edition of the N.Y. Times contains as much information as the average 17th century person would have come across in an entire lifetime. At our workplace, the average corporate worker receives 191 messages – 51 phone calls, 39 e-mails, 16 internal memos, and 20 items of outside mail. 

       The amount, and pace are becoming unbelievable. We offer some hints on how you might avoid receiving so much… and give yourself some healthy ‘headspace.’  

  •  Find a place of your own and sit and close your eyes for five – fifteen minutes, in the morning, noon and night.
  • Don’t take work or work related materials to bed with you.
  • Don’t take reading materials – or your blackberry or iPad – to the washroom (this could be your five – fifteen minute mental break).
  • At home, turn the TV – and all screens – off at least two hours at night.
  • Travel to work with the radio/i-pod off at least half your travel time.
  • At work, schedule time when you will concentrate on a single screen and not answer phones or e-mails. 

So, do you need to find a road to recovery? Step one to a better life-computer balance is recognizing the threats of your daily routines. Begin by watching “Are We Digital Dummies?” Step two would be to unplug for one evening and think this through for yourself.

(ed. – This is a repost, picked as one of our favourite three posts of 2011, taken from the earlier posts on the By George Journal.  The original post is found here.)

 

E-books available @ the By George Store

We have three e-book offerings at this time at the By George Store.          

                 

A Day in the Life of Man – Sustenance for the Soul is a moving collection of verse, thoughts and quotes to inspire and motivate a person through their day. From dawn to dusk, the reader is encouraged to reflect on their daily activities – and challenged to a new level of understanding about man and about life.

1001 Quotes on Politics, Elections, Democracy and Government includes remarkable quotes from Machiavelli to Churchill, from the Greeks to American influencers, and Canadian Prime Ministers from Macdonald to Harper. 

By George Treasury is a collection of the very best from By George from its launch in the mid-1990’s to 2008. This compilation offers a potpourri of information on effective communication to help at your workplace and with your social affairs (see further description below). 

Our By George Store makes the following publications available as PDF files which can be read on your e-readers or at your desktops. (Note that the By George Treasury is also available in print and can be mail-ordered.)  

Payments for these publications can be made on-line via PayPal.

By George Treasury

   

   “There’s so much in the book. I spent the whole week of my vacation leafing through the articles and jokes.” – a recent comment from a satisfied reader.  

   The By George Treasury is available in our on-line store – as both e-book or print edition.

   This treasury compilation has been selected from the more than one thousand articles from more than a decade of our writings. We have looked back to gather lists of some of the most remarkable quotations, classic wordplay, puns and quizzes, editorials, the best of the humour over the years, and the 15-most popular feature articles to have appeared in the publication. From the initial editorial found in the very first edition, through to the slew of jokes in the summertime 2008 issue, we have picked the crème de la crème.

   Visit: http://cgacommunications.com/main/?page_id=263

Thoughts of Inspiration and Motivation

By George Journal has always been a labour of love. Many will know that pre-dating this on-line journal we published a regular newsletter.  The best from more than one thousand articles in 50 By George issues is captured in our company’s 15th-year anniversary collection By George Treasury.

Just as we have always done, we continue with this on-line journal to provide our readers with meaningful and thought-provoking quotes. We routinely compile thoughts from our favourite thinkers, on specific issues, or reflecting a holiday or special event. Through the years, hundreds of articles listing quotes and verse have been produced. To complement this effort, in this last year, @ByGeorgeJournal has begun daily tweets of inspiration and motivation.

These comments lead us to share news of the release tomorrow of a special compilation of writings, verse and quotes. In our e-book publication, we present pages of words to inspire and motivate – thoughts to enrich one’s perspectives of life and its daily challenges. We are thrilled to be adding this e-book to our By George offerings – continuing with our objective to share select, profound thoughts that we might all make use of to better understand both ourselves and our world. More on our new publication tomorrow…

On becoming Google-stupid, a digital dummy

As we become more computer dependent, there is an emerging argument that we are fast becoming intellectual mutants. Does increased screen time equate directly to a devolving humanity?

A few nights ago, our family saw an interesting and frightening CBC documentary entitled “Are We Digital Dummies?” This is worth every minute of your time!

http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/doczone/video.html?ID=1651031614

As we cope with our wired world, we’re at the point that we must begin probing whether we can think for ourselves and socially interact? Are we all fast becoming “Google-stupid”?

Herbert Simon, Nobel Prize winning economist, wrote: “What information consumes is rather obvious. It consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.” And for those who believe that information is power, Albert Einstein warned: “Information is not knowledge.”

The documentary and these learned reflections took me back to a previously written article that was first published in the By George Treasury.  In this excerpt, we make a few suggestions for dealing with our modern day info-glut.

It is the amount of data that a person is expected to absorb that is scary. Consider that a daily edition of the N.Y. Times contains as much information as the average 17th century person would have come across in an entire lifetime. At our workplace, the average corporate worker receives 191 messages – 51 phone calls, 39 e-mails, 16 internal memos, and 20 items of outside mail. 

The amount, and pace are becoming unbelievable. We offer some hints on how you might avoid receiving so much… and give yourself some healthy ‘headspace.’  

  • Find a place of your own and sit and close your eyes for five – fifteen minutes, in the morning, noon and night.
  • Don’t take work or work related materials to bed with you.
  • Don’t take reading materials – or your blackberry or iPad – to the washroom (this could be your five – fifteen minute mental break).
  • At home, turn the TV – and all screens – off at least two hours at night.
  • Travel to work with the radio/i-pod off at least half your travel time.
  • At work, schedule time when you will concentrate on a single screen and not answer phones or e-mails. 

So, do you need to find a road to recovery? Step one to a better life-computer balance is recognizing the threats of your daily routines. Begin by watching “Are We Digital Dummies?” Step two would be to unplug for one evening and think this through for yourself.