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Retaining Information Flakes

What are we really taking away form online media?

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We live in a world where pretty much everything we need can be acquired through technology. The ability to have some sort of micro processing device is available to just about anyone in the developed world. Even if you do not own one, you can have one readily available to you at most public institutions such as libraries.

Any show, movie, album, you name it can be accessed fairly easily with a few clicks of a keyboard. We can easily pull up whatever we want from just about anywhere in the world from whatever company or media source we want.

But what is the cost?

Is there something we are missing out on? Is there something long term that we are not retaining because we can get whatever we want so easily. It is almost as if this free and easy information has become like candy.

We take it in quickly, we get an immediate high from it, and as quick as it entered our system it leaves. How much of this information do we really retain in the long run? Is it worth going through 30 quick articles a day? Even if they are pertaining to issues that interest us. Do we really benefit from taking all of this in so quickly and easily?

Again, like candy.

I have watched an untold number of sporting evens over the past few years. I can easily watch 3 or 4 football games on a Saturday. Heck, I have watched them on my phone. I have also read a number of poorly written articles on random blogs that had information on issues that I like.

But was any of this worth it? Did I miss out on something of actual substance? I find myself skimming through articles now a days. Faster on my phone or tablet than I would in an actual newspaper or magazine. I also retain more form one game a day versus the multiple the flip back and fourth from that I do now. So, do I retain enough to make it worth my while?

I’m starting to think I am not. I go through so many periodicals online daily that I barely remember if I have read an article or not.

Maybe it’s just me and a newfound inability to properly retain what I am taking in.

Then again, seem to take my time when I read books and actual newspapers and magazines.

Maybe it’s time to take it offline?

Oh yeah, here a bunch of online articles you should read.

Mankilling Mastodons

Nebraska added a transfer portal running back commitment from USC's Markese Stepp.
Nebraska added a transfer portal running back commitment from USC's Markese Stepp.

Illinois at Nebraska postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests within Cornhuskers program - The Champaign Room
Wednesday’s matchup against the Nebraska Cornhuskers has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests within the Nebraska program.

Other News From The Sporting World

College football under COVID: Was 2020 season worth it? - Sports Illustrated
College football has made it to the national championship, but it took plenty of bumps, twists and turns to get here in a pandemic.

NCAA Council tables long-awaited legislation on name, image, likeness and transfer exemptions -
The vote came on Monday at the first day of the NCAA’s annual convention

Naming one “consensus” college football champion per year, 1869-2021 - Moon Crew
For almost all of college football’s 151 years, there was no formal top-level championship. And now that there is, we still debate who gets to compete and how seriously to take it.

Bears DC Chuck Pagano to Retire from NFL - Windy City Gridiron
Two days after their elimination from the playoffs, the Bears will be searching for their new play caller on defense

Rich Rodriguez hired as ULM offensive coordinator
Rich Rodriguez, a spread offense innovator, will lead Bowden’s Louisiana-Monroe offense. He last served as the offensive coordinator at Ole Miss.

The 2020 college football season is over. Now what? – The Athletic
The leagues and players who helped keep the 2020 college football season in play are briefly looking back but mostly looking ahead.

The cost of being ‘The King’ - MMA Fighting
Seven years ago, doctors told former UFC lightweight Spencer Fisher he could no longer fight. That wasn’t the end of his time with his promoter. But when the company was sold, he was among those to be cut loose. Now, he’s just trying to get by.

The NCAA Is Punishing Brittany Collens to Keep Its Amateurism Con Going - Hreal Sports
The association stripped the former UMass tennis player and her teammates of 49 victories because of a $504 accounting error. Why?

Community Interview: What the heck does a Sports Information Director even DO these days? - Extra Points with Matt Brown
How is that role changing? What's so special about where Sam works? You had questions. We now have answers.

Nick Saban, 2020 Alabama Ohio State playoff: How he built college football’s most terrifying offense.
“Is this what we want football to be?” the coach asked in 2012.

Yellow Journalism

The PC market just had its first big growth in 10 years - The Verge
The PC market just had its biggest year in 10 years, thanks to big growth. The pandemic has driven most of the growth, with home working and remote learning driving PC sales.

Tracksmith Made Running Culture Something You Can Buy | Outside Online
The brand's ethos signals a departure from an apparel industry that has been dominated by giant shoe companies. But can it stay true to the soul of the sport?

Dr. Martens Footwear Brand Is Planning London IPO : NPR
The brand, which evolved into a symbol of rebellious youth culture and is worn by celebrities, has thrived during the pandemic. Dr. Martens sells over 11 million pairs a year in 60-plus countries.

Carbon Dioxide Concentrations Will Reach A "Grim Milestone" In 2021 | IFLScience
Our planet is set to reach a 'grim milestone' this year: 2021 will see carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere reach levels 50 percent higher than those before

Another record decline reported in US cancer death rate
NEW YORK (AP) — Researchers on Tuesday reported another record one-year decline in the U.S. cancer death rate, a drop they attribute to success against lung cancer. The overall cancer death...

Auditory Enlightenment