Memorization and it's affects on specialization
â€œYour job as a web worker is not so much to memorize and absorb everything as to bring your self into connection with it all at critical points so that you can navigate the space when you need to.â€? â€“ (Zelenka Connect!, p.137)
This view of Zelenkaâ€™s is not only a popular one, but one that has quickly become the dominant view in American society. Whether this view on memorization is a factor that has arisen because of the increasing availability of easy to access information or vice versa is not one that can be easily answered. The actual cause of this point of view while important to understanding how changes in popular beliefs happen it is not very relevant to how people deal with this view in their lives. However, like Zelenka mentions understanding this point of view is important to knowing how you can alter your thought processes to â€œmake your job during web surfing much easierâ€? (Connect!, p.134). She continued to augment this thought with the condition that you need to know a certain amount of the subject you use to be able to understand the information you find while searching. This level of knowledge about a subject is still significantly easier to reach than the level of knowledge that was required in specific subjects before information gathering online was prevalent. While this means that it is easier to become proficient in more subjects than before it means that people are specializing less then before the popularization of online knowledge gathering. This can probably be best seen in the increasing popularity of scientific and technical communicators who can act as intermediaries between those of differing and more specialization.