Apropos of the recent article on how “Googling for stuff makes you feel smarter”, here is Umberto Eco on something similar:

A student makes hundreds of pages of photocopies and takes them home, and the manual labor he exercises in doing so gives him the impression that he possesses the work. Owning the photocopies exempts the student from actually reading them. This sort of vertigo of accumulation, a neocapitalism of information, happens to many.

(sound familiar?)

For concerned locals, the shuttles symbolize their collective fears about the rise of the tech sector…

That proverbial horse left the barn a loooong time ago. San Franciscans against the Google buses seem not to realize that without the tech economy, the Bay Area would have become the Rust Belt with nicer weather.