Poetry of The Week: The Age of Information

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oh dunia… terlalu ramai sekaligus terlalu diam
baik kebisingan maupun kebisuannya,
aku tak ingin mendengarkannya

tenggelam, hanyut, hilang, terdampar
dalam bah sampah-sampah
gelombang kata-kata:

kebijaksanaan dan kemampuan untuk bijak

 

Semarang, 20 November 2015

 

Information Age

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Dengan seluruh kemajuan teknologi dan perubahan
Apakah umat manusia jadi lebih bahagia atau lebih bijak daripada dirinya 100 tahun yang lalu?

Siklus ide dan aksi tanpa akhir,
Penemuan tanpa akhir, eksperimen tanpa akhir,
Membawakan pengetahuan tentang gerak, tetapi tidak tentang diam;
Pengetahuan tentang bicara, tetapi tidak tentang bungkam;
Pengetahuan tentang kata-kata, dan pengabaian atas Firman.
Semua pengetahuan membawa kita lebih dekat pada kematian,
Tetapi kedekatan pada kematian tanpa lebih dekat pada Tuhan.
Ke manakah Hidup yang kita kehilangannya dalam kehidupan?
Ke manakah kebijaksanaan yang kita kehilangannya dalam pengetahuan?
Ke manakah pengetahuan yang kita kehilangannya dalam informasi?
Siklus-siklus surga di abad 20
Membawa kita menjauh dari Tuhan dan lebih dekat pada Debu.

 

With all the technological advances and change,
Is mankind happier or wiser than he was 100 years ago?

The endless cycle of idea and action,
Endless invention, endless experiment,
Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness;
Knowledge of speech, but not of silence;
Knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word.
All our knowledge brings us nearer to death,
But nearness to death no nearer to God.
Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
The cycles of heaven in twenty centuries
Brings us farther from God and nearer to the Dust.

— T. S. Elliot, from “The Rock” (1934), the empty soul of modern life

 

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“We believe that we live in the ‘age of information,’ that there has been an information ‘explosion,’ an information ‘revolution.’ While in a certain narrow sense that is the case, in many more important ways just the opposite is true. We also live at a moment of deep ignorance, when vital knowledge that humans have always possessed about who we are and where we live seems beyond our reach. An unenlightenment. An age of missing information.”

— Bill McKibben (1992) The Age of Missing Information, p. 9.

“The Information Age offers much to mankind, and I would like to think that we will rise to the challenges it presents. But it is vital to remember that information — in the sense of raw data — is not knowledge, that knowledge is not wisdom, and that wisdom is not foresight. But information is the first essential step to all of these.”

— Arthur C. Clarke

“It’s very sad how in the information age you cannot get information into people’s heads — as long as you write something on the internet and do not add LOL — it is true : “I’m not sure he’s a Christian.” — I’m not sure he’s a mammal, Jay. He could be a werewolf.”

— Bill Maher

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“… it is of essential importance to distinguish very carefully between knowledge based in an expertise that has been acquired and may produce knowledge on its own, and knowledge that is merely received and simply accepted and processed. … in the medium of information, knowledge and opinion become indistinguishable. Opinion is articulated in information just as is knowledge; the ‘informed’ himself does not know whether he is living in a world of knowledge or in a world of opinion.” (h. 20)

“There are not any simple and straight paths between information, knowledge and wisdom. Whoever does not recognize this will lose knowledge and end up not with wisdom, but in a new, and dangerous, form of stupidity.” (h. 23)

— Jürgen Mittelstrass (2010) “The loss of knowledge in the information age”

Sumber: http://www.portlandpress.com/…/wg85/085/0019/0850019.pdf

 

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