The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains Author Nicholas Carr
ISBN-10 0393339750
ISBN-13 9780393339758
Year 2011-06-06
Pages 304
Language English
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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Finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction Nicholas Carr has written a Silent Spring for the literary mind Michael Agger Slate Is Google making us stupid When Nicholas Carr posed that question in a celebrated Atlantic Monthly cover story he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time As we enjoy the Nets bounties are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply Now Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration of the Internets intellectual and cultural consequences yet published As he describes how human thought has been shaped through the centuries by tools of the mindfrom the alphabet to maps to the printing press the clock and the computerCarr interweaves a fascinating account of recent discoveries in neuroscience by such pioneers as Michael Merzenich and Eric Kandel Our brains the historical and scientific evidence reveals change in response to our experiences The technologies we use to find store and share information can literally reroute our neural pathways Building on the insights of thinkers from Plato to McLuhan Carr makes a convincing case that every information technology carries an intellectual ethica set of assumptions about the nature of knowledge and intelligence He explains how the printed book served to focus our attention promoting deep and creative thought In stark contrast the Internet encourages the rapid distracted sampling of small bits of information from many sources Its ethic is that of the industrialist an ethic of speed and efficiency of optimized production and consumptionand now the Net is remaking us in its own image We are becoming ever more adept at scanning and skimming but what we are losing is our capacity for concentration contemplation and reflection Part intellectual history part popular science and part cultural criticism The Shallows sparkles with memorable vignettesFriedrich Nietzsche wrestling with a typewriter Sigmund Freud dissecting the brains of sea creatures Nathaniel Hawthorne contemplating the thunderous approach of a steam locomotiveeven as it plumbs profound questions about the state of our modern psyche This is a book that will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds

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The Shallows

The Shallows Author Nicholas Carr
ISBN-10 9781848878839
Release 2010-09-01
Pages 300

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