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The Shallows
Author: Nicholas Carr

ISBN: 9781848872264
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 2 August 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.0
Is Google making us stupid? In this extraordinary new book, as incendiary as it's important, Nicholas Carr argues that the internet is changing dramatically how we think, remember and interact.

The Internet is eroding our capacity for concentration and contemplation, chipping away at our ability to read and think deeply.

In The Shallows, Nicholas Carr argues that every information technology, whether it's the alphabet or the map or the computer, carries an intellectual ethic - a set of assumptions about the nature of information and intelligence. The mechanical clock demanded that the world be understood in terms of divided and measurable time: it was the ethic of the scientist. The printing press tuned our minds to the supple, linear arguments of individual thinkers: it was the ethic of the writer. The Internet is entirely different. It encourages the rapid, nonlinear collection and processing of many small bits of information from many sources. Its ethic is the ethic of the industrialist, an ethic of speed and efficiency, of inputs and outputs, of optimised production and consumption.

Drawing on neuros...

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