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Michael Levy   |   2 min read

 

Bear with me for a moment:

Arthur Koestler wrote a piece in a May 1955 issue of the journal Encounter titled The Trail of the Dinosaur. In the essay Koestler proposed a sort of temperature chart where curve {C}—representing human innovation and progress in communication through physical and acoustic means—was juxtaposed with a second curve {U} denoting human progress in understanding. The {C} curve followed a stagnant course until the invention of the printing press, steamship, automobile, telephone, aeroplane, radio, video, etc. where the curve spiked upwards dramatically. Somewhere though, around the turn of the century, the world became interconnected and an international system emerged. Without delving deeper into his essay—Koestler suggested that a shrinking “terrestrial surface in terms of communication” would not be correlative to a proportionate increase in “cohesion” or understanding between different peoples.

I have a difficult time agreeing with Koestler’s argument.

The idea that innovation in communication-technology does not correspond to a proportionate increase in understanding between people does not apply to today. He fails—for obvious reason of course—to consider the influence of the internet. The conditions in which Koestler wrote this piece are greatly different from the world in which we live in today. Simply put, Koestler’s argument has passed its expiration date.

The ways in which we consume and digest information are overwhelmingly different than it was even 10 years ago. We are at an exciting crossroads in the way in which media is both created and consumed. Knowledge is digested and expressed at rapid pace. The age of connection is upon us. The internet can be used to drive campaigns and spur whole revolutions. With computers we can educate, empower, inspire, and ignite. The potential for ‘cohesion’ is boundless.

This brings me to my primary reason for writing this brief note to you.

When I first set out to create The Hill, my goal was to offer student writers, thinkers, and artists at Rocky Hill School, a common platform for sharing their own stories. By hearing what others have to say, and by offering our own story, we foster a more cohesive community. My germ of an idea has grown since last year, and I’d like to introduce to you our new website. My goal here is to create a larger digital presence, while not sacrificing the integrity and tradition of the publication.

Of course information on the internet has a habit of being abbreviated (think Twitter). My hope is that our message and content will alter form, and not the reverse. Rather than having the fleeting nature of the internet affect our content, I hope that we will learn to shape our website with the integrity of our written work.

Let’s take a brave step forward into cyberspace without trading on tradition.

With this said, I encourage you to visit our new website to browse our fantastic collection of student artwork and writing. For a candid look at our editing process read our blog  Musings.

We have presences on Twitter and Facebook so please connect with us thereby.