Word: SmupidA new word for a new era of known unknowns and unknown knowns.

Word: SmupidA new word for a new era of known unknowns and unknown knowns.

Etymology: Simply smart + stupid = smupid. Meaning: In their doomsayer of a book, The Age of Earthquakes, authors Douglas Coupland, Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Shumon Basar define smupid thusly: “The mental state where we acknowledge that we’ve never been smarter as individuals, and yet somehow we’ve never felt stupider.”

For Coupland and pals, it’s all the internet’s fault. Those pesky computers are so clever that we can lodge our entire brains in their cloudlike embrace, and never have to remember a single thing. Apart from our password. Or our mother’s maiden name if we forget that.

Except that the ability to upload our memories, then re-download them as necessary, has created a wireless impotence. And confusion and technophobia in equal measure.

The feeling of utter stupi...

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