The Lost Disposition and Discipline.

A Superfluous Man

Today’s book stands athwart the Internet, yelling “Stop!”

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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2 responses to “”

  1. superfluousblogger says :

    Dear Sir:

    Thank you very much—I do believe that this is the first time that my site has been “reblogged.” Much appreciated for sharing a bit of the traffic from your own excellent site.

    Sincerely yours,
    A Superfluous Man

    • conjectureandconsequence says :

      Dear A Superfluous Man,

      You are very welcome. I will most assuredly do it again, given that your choice of books is both eclectic and necessary. The book that I reblogged is, to my mind, a necessary wake up call to people that cherish mental acuity and its importance to the continuity of civilized society. That we may one day be floating in a mindless orgy of tweets, texts, and bulleted top ten lists, is intellectually and aesthetically loathsome. I have not read the book but I plan to. Your site is wonderful, and your prose is elegant.


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