The Lost Disposition and Discipline.
Title: The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, by Nicholas Carr
Completed: February 6, 2012 (#10)
Recommendation: Recommended without qualification–worth serious consideration of all fans of A Superfluous Man
The mind Gutenberg created–the ability to muster the sustained attention necessary to pursue a linear argument across hundreds of pages until the final quod erat demonstrandum–will soon be extinguished by the Internet and its progeny: hypertext links, social media, and multitasking. Such is Mr. Carr’s thesis, and he musters a wealth of neurological and historical evidence to support his claim. The Shallows is a book with which all serious-minded consumers of the World Wide Web owe it to themselves to grapple.
Mr. Carr begins with the premise that “to read a book was to practice an unnatural process of thought, one that…
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