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Cience 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 pathwaysBuilding on the insights of thinkers from Plato to McLuhan Carr makes a convincing case that every information technology carries an intellectual ethic a 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 indu The Shallows What the Internet is doing to our brains 2012 Nicholas CarrThe Shallows What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains published in the United Kingdom as The Shallows How the Internet Is Changing the Way We Think Read and Remember is a 2010 book by the American journalist Nicholas G Carr The book expands on the themes first raised in Is Google Making Us Stupid Carr s 2008 essay in The Atlantic and explores the effects of the Internet on the brain The book claims research shows online reading yields lower comprehension than reading a printed page The Shallows was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction 2014 1393 248 9786006043357 21 10071399 A Tangled Affair (The Pearl House yields lower comprehension than reading a printed page The Shallows was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction 2014 1393 248 9786006043357 21 10071399

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The Shallows What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

“Is Google making us stupid” When Nicholas Carr posed that uestion 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 Net’s bounties are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeplyNow Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration of the Internet’s intellectual and cultural conseuences yet published As he describes how human thought has been shaped through the centuries by “tools of the mind” from the alphabet to maps to the printing press the clock and the computer Carr interweaves a fascinating account of recent discoveries in neuros For the last few years I ve noticed that I seem to have developed a form of ADD This was always the most apparent during the first few weeks of summer vacation when I would start and stop projects with lightning speed when I couldn t sit still to read a book or watch a movie all the way through when I couldn t clean my house all in one day when I couldn t keep my mind on just one train of thought As someone who had always lived for structure who craved the routine and the predictable who always finished one task completely and thoroughly before moving on to another this was uite alarming to me I blamed teaching My mind had adapted to the need to deliver content monitor student behavior answer uestions pass out papers remind everyone for the umpteenth time that classwork is to be turned in to the orange basket run the PowerPoint avoid saying anything that might get me fired do not tell little Johnny that there is such a thing as a stupid uestion and he just asked it and the need to do so all at once Turns out there may be something to my theory And it turns out that this manner of thinking the need to hyper multitask may be exacerbated by the rise of technology as a conduit to information It s comforting to know that if I m becoming stupid it s not entirely my faultIn The Shallows Nicholas Carr uestions the impact technology has upon our lives What s most important here is that Carr is in no way advocating a return to the pre technology era He admits that much good has been done and will be done by technology and he fesses up to loving and relying on technology himself However he examines the idea of neuroplasticity the idea that the brain rewires itself to adapt to the stimuli it encounters During the age of the book the brain had to rewire itself to be able to focus for long periods of time upon text and to think about that text deeply This didn t happen all at once but was accelerated as books became readily available to a widely educated public The mind became accustomed to taking in information intensely if not rapidly as the brain had time to ruminate on and process the information it encountered The result was a deep thinking literate individual People became experts in specific areas and the keepers of knowledge associated with their particular field of specialty They were responsible for filtering critiuing and judging the uality of new knowledge which had to be vetted before it could be accepted as accurate and true So what have we sacrificed in this age of point and click We re losing the idea of specialization which is one of the frightening aspects to me Any idiot with access to a keyboard and an Internet connection can post anything they want online and it s accepted as truth A society that becomes accustomed to finding any and all information online may never learn anything deeply and what will happen when Skynet becomes self aware takes over and the machines rise against us eh Instead people will have little pockets of knowledge supplemented by what they can find online Also I have to wonder how many innovations and ideas were serendipitously created when answers weren t easy to find When an answer can be found through a uick web search the deep thinking that may lead to phenomenal breakthroughs and intense creativity may be forfeited In addition our attention spans are suffering We bounce from hyperlink to hyperlink chasing new pieces of information which we scan uickly and because we read over it so uickly it s never stored in our long term memory The next time we need that information we ll have to log back on and find it again instead of relying on our ability to recall itCarr s book is not the ramblings of an ill informed radical This book is well researched and Carr traces how the human brain has evolved throughout history including pre technology to show that neuroplasticity has allowed us to adapt to our ever changing environments There s hard science here as well If you don t agree with Carr s thesis by the end there s no denying that he s done his homework I love technology and I think Nicholas Carr does too Carr s book is not an indictment of technology but rather a call for the public to be cognizant of the ways in which technology is affecting us both the good and the bad Our society has so uickly and readily embraced technology that we haven t thought about the potential long term tradeoffs When we think about it and realize Hey wait a minute This food I ve planted on Farmville I can t eat one damn bit of it then we might become responsible about how and when we use technology and maybe we ll go plant a garden in the backyard I know that I for one have started logging off freuently and making sure that the time I do spend online is enriching my life in some way Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder and at Shelf Inflicted A Tangled Affair (The Pearl House yet published As he describes how human thought has been shaped through the centuries by “tools of the mind” from the alphabet to maps to the printing press the clock and the computer Carr interweaves a fascinating account of recent discoveries in neuros For the last few Matthews Choice years I ve noticed that I seem to have developed a form of ADD This was always the most apparent during the first few weeks of summer vacation when I would start and stop projects with lightning speed when I couldn t sit still to read a book or watch a movie all the way through when I couldn t clean my house all in one day when I couldn t keep my mind on just one train of thought As someone who had always lived for structure who craved the routine and the predictable who always finished one task completely and thoroughly before moving on to another this was uite alarming to me I blamed teaching My mind had adapted to the need to deliver content monitor student behavior answer uestions pass out papers remind everyone for the umpteenth time that classwork is to be turned in to the orange basket run the PowerPoint avoid saying anything that might get me fired do not tell little Johnny that there is such a thing as a stupid uestion and he just asked it and the need to do so all at once Turns out there may be something to my theory And it turns out that this manner of thinking the need to hyper multitask may be exacerbated by the rise of technology as a conduit to information It s comforting to know that if I m becoming stupid it s not entirely my faultIn The Shallows Nicholas Carr uestions the impact technology has upon our lives What s most important here is that Carr is in no way advocating a return to the pre technology era He admits that much good has been done and will be done by technology and he fesses up to loving and relying on technology himself However he examines the idea of neuroplasticity the idea that the brain rewires itself to adapt to the stimuli it encounters During the age of the book the brain had to rewire itself to be able to focus for long periods of time upon text and to think about that text deeply This didn t happen all at once but was accelerated as books became readily available to a widely educated public The mind became accustomed to taking in information intensely if not rapidly as the brain had time to ruminate on and process the information it encountered The result was a deep thinking literate individual People became experts in specific areas and the keepers of knowledge associated with their particular field of specialty They were responsible for filtering critiuing and judging the uality of new knowledge which had to be vetted before it could be accepted as accurate and true So what have we sacrificed in this age of point and click We re losing the idea of specialization which is one of the frightening aspects to me Any idiot with access to a keyboard and an Internet connection can post anything they want online and it s accepted as truth A society that becomes accustomed to finding any and all information online may never learn anything deeply and what will happen when Skynet becomes self aware takes over and the machines rise against us eh Instead people will have little pockets of knowledge supplemented by what they can find online Also I have to wonder how many innovations and ideas were serendipitously created when answers weren t easy to find When an answer can be found through a uick web search the deep thinking that may lead to phenomenal breakthroughs and intense creativity may be forfeited In addition our attention spans are suffering We bounce from hyperlink to hyperlink chasing new pieces of information which we scan uickly and because we read over it so uickly it s never stored in our long term memory The next time we need that information we ll have to log back on and find it again instead of relying on our ability to recall itCarr s book is not the ramblings of an ill informed radical This book is well researched and Carr traces how the human brain has evolved throughout history including pre technology to show that neuroplasticity has allowed us to adapt to our ever changing environments There s hard science here as well If The Prince of Pleasure (The Wilde Brothers, you don t agree with Carr s thesis by the end there s no denying that he s done his homework I love technology and I think Nicholas Carr does too Carr s book is not an indictment of technology but rather a call for the public to be cognizant of the ways in which technology is affecting us both the good and the bad Our society has so uickly and readily embraced technology that we haven t thought about the potential long term tradeoffs When we think about it and realize Hey wait a minute This food I ve planted on Farmville I can t eat one damn bit of it then we might become responsible about how and when we use technology and maybe we ll go plant a garden in the backyard I know that I for one have started logging off freuently and making sure that the time I do spend online is enriching my life in some way Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder and at Shelf Inflicted

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Strialist an ethic of speed and efficiency of optimized production and consumption and now the Net is remaking us in its own image We are becoming ever adept at scanning and skimming but what we are losing is our capacity for concentration contemplation and reflectionPart intellectual history part popular science and part cultural criticism The Shallows sparkles with memorable vignettes Friedrich Nietzsche wrestling with a typewriter Sigmund Freud dissecting the brains of sea creatures Nathaniel Hawthorne contemplating the thunderous approach of a steam locomotive even as it plumbs profound uestions about the state of our modern psyche This is a book that will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds Here s an inference exercise Take the first half of Nicholas Carr s title THE SHALLOWS WHAT THE INTERNET IS DOING TO OUR BRAINS and guess what his thesis is based on the second half Got it Good Cause you got it good when it comes to your addiction to the Internet Probably you wake up and wonder what s in your e mail s inbox Probably you check it before breakfast Probably even though you re not supposed to you peek at it from work Probably you re part of some social network site like Facebook or Goodreads and feel you are a player a valued member a person to be missed if you go missing for a week no worry there so you log on and interact Probably you re pretty witty too You can tell because lots of your friends whom you haven t met ROTFL and LOL at your witticisms Yes you take time to eat but probably you re wondering how your last witticism or your last thread started or your last photo uploaded has gone over You wonder for instance how many likes it has garnered or maybe how many hits your page has taken or maybe how many frienduests you have accumulated popularity if it doesn t work in THAT world certainly seems to in THIS oneThis is important stuff Thus the time suck and your total acceptance of that inhaling sound Probably you could be reading but it s fun to talk about your reading or your not reading or your should be reading or the concept of reading Probably you should be with your family but what the hell they re IM ing or texting or chatting on the cellphone or cruising the Net too Send them an e mail in the other roomBoy this is sad But not really because the Internet giveth and the Internet taketh away You being no fool focus on the giveth The Internet is a world of wonders a vault of information and facts easily accessible in lightning like fashion And you re pretty good at it by now too so all is not lostSo why wade THE SHALLOWS Why let Carr rain on your parade with his own facts his own list of studies showing that the Internet is not the be all after all but might well be the end all Why heed his relentless proofs that the Internet is little than the Great Interrupter that the Internet fractures our focus and muddies our mindsets that hyperlinks distract than enhance as we research electronically vs in an old fashioned book Why pay attention when you know you re not very good at it any because the Net has taught your mind to lose focus uickly if it isn t fed uickly Sound Bite please Sight Blink please Gratification Instant pleaseWorship at the Church of Google as Carr calls it Prepare for some blasphemy Carr will show you who Google s really looking after hint it starts with a G There s a little history here a lot of studies here than a few surveys statistics and data here but Carr pretty much keeps it in layman s terms He doesn t think the backlash against the Net will necessarily come from Middle Aged Grouches like me either In fact he suspects it will be the hopeful counter revolutionary young who will sound the clarion call for moderation and modesty when it comes to our electronic lives also known as our kidnapped real world lives the late great one you might recall that had a dream of SOME sort when you were young a dream now cannibalized by that doppelganger in the mirror OK screen reflection Virtual YouWell you could read it shrug and ignore it You could read it frown and dismiss it Or you could give it some thought roll up your sleeves and set to work on the recovery of YOU a person you might remember A person who once knew life without a cellphone without an Internet without an iAnything and was perfectly happy and complete despite that impossible to fathom handicapSurely you remember that rather uaint idealistic person Right Whatever Before taking the long and winding road back might as well check e mail one time just once Like the White Rabbit people are waiting and they don t have all day Not any


10 thoughts on “The Shallows What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

  1. says:

    For the last few years I've noticed that I seem to have developed a form of ADD This was always the most apparent during the first few

  2. says:

    Everyone's talking about this book and I felt I had to check it out I agree it's definitely worth reading In particular it drove home effectively than anything else I've seen just how addictive the Internet is As he says you don't want to admit to yourself how much you crave internet stimulation and how freuently you check mail SMSes Goodreads updates and similar inputs I immediately turned off all of these to see wha

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    I got this email What the hell I thought I could do with a bigger penis So I replied to the email Sent them money What a mistake The process worked – only too well Now I couldn’t leave the house any no clothes were bulky enough I

  4. says:

    In this fascinating informative book Carr argues that the internet has not only affected how society communicates and works but that how our actual brains work is being has been changed by contemporary modes of communication He delves into the history of research into brain function to make a case that similar biological changes occurred wi

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    The Shallows What the Internet is doing to our brains 2012 Nicholas CarrThe Shallows What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains published in the United Kingdom as The Shallows How the Internet Is Changing the Way We Think Read and Remember is a 2010 book by the American journalist Nicholas G Carr The book expands on the themes first raised i

  6. says:

    For Practical Summary Refer To How The Internet Is Tearing Your Focus Apart And 3 Ways to Rebuild It Do you get bored after reading just a coupl

  7. says:

    I call bullshitHow Esteban Got His Groove BackChannel surfing the other day I came across Highlander I’d never watched the movie

  8. says:

    Here's an inference exercise Take the first half of Nicholas Carr's title THE SHALLOWS WHAT THE INTERNET IS DOING TO OUR BRAINS and guess what his thesis is based on the second half Got it Good Cause you got it good when it comes to your addiction to the Internet Probably you wake up and wonder what's in your e mail's inbox Proba

  9. says:

    I wrote this because I was so jolly irritated to read what Pinker had to say about itAbout five years ago I bega

  10. says:

    If you couldn't tell from the title Carr really has issues with the internet and he has some data to support his criticism He also misses the brain he had before it became Google cizedIronically I found his book kind of unreadable not because my brain has been Google cized but because Carr's has Reading The Shal

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