To Search is to Be

Thought-provoking article about the evolving meaning of “search” on Nicholas Carr’s blog.

When we talk about “searching” these days, we’re almost always talking about using Google to find something online. That’s quite a twist for a word that has long carried existential connotations, that has been bound up in our sense of what it means to be conscious and alive. We don’t just search for car keys or missing socks. We search for truth and meaning, for love, for transcendence, for peace, for ourselves. To be human is to be a searcher.

He goes on to illustrate the ways the meaning of “search” is evolving even for Google, and how that could further attenuate our understanding of the word and, indeed, the act itself.

A related post: A Bad Thing the Internet Is Good At