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Editorial Reviews. From Bookmarks Magazine. One of the major issues dividing the critics was eBook features: Highlight, take notes, and search in the book; In this edition, page numbers are just like the physical edition; Length: pages; Word Wise. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Nicholas Carr is the author of The Big Switch : Rewiring the Kindle Store · Kindle eBooks · Science & Math. 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. Now, Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration of the Internet’s intellectual and cultural.
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By moving from the depths of thought to the shallows of distraction, the web, it seems, is actually fostering ignorance. The Shallows is not a manifesto for luddites, nor does it seek to turn back the clock. Rather it is a No eBook available. By moving from the depths of thought to the shallows of distraction, the web, ' The shallows' is not a manifesto for luddites, nor does it seek to turn back the. Read "The Shallows How the internet is changing the way we think, read and remember" by Nicholas Carr available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get .
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For Carr, though, we are just pitiable slaves to the machine. He insists that hyperlinks "propel" us to other texts, though I find it quite easy not to click on them if I don't want to. When Carr goes online he complains of constant interruption by email, Twitter and Facebook updates, though I seem to have the option to leave clients unopened or turn off notifications.
This kind of thing is what I would consider basic intellectual ecology in the online age. Yet such self-discipline the adoption of "filtering strategies", as Palfrey and Gasser put it doesn't seem to have occurred to Carr: in front of a computer screen, we are for him impotent and without volition, so the only options are to drown in cyberbabble or to "disconnect" completely.
By far the best part of his book is a critique of digital-age metaphors: the assumption that computer "memory" can replace human memory, and the idea of the brain itself as a computer. Yet Carr's portrait of the average internet user as a skimming machine that will respond obediently to any shiny new input is dehumanising in just the same way.
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Ironically, since Carr worries that the internet will stop us reading entire books, there is no need to read his entire book to understand his argument. He first put forward this thesis in a Atlantic article, " Is Google making us stupid?
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 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 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. Carr provides a deep, enlightening examination of how the Internet influences the brain and its neural pathways. His fantastic investigation of the effect of the Internet on our neurological selves concludes with a very humanistic petition for balancing our human and computer interactions Highly recommended. We might be consigned to the intellectual shallows, but these shallows are as wide as a vast ocean.
But this is no such book. It is a patient and rewarding popularization of some of the research being done at the frontiers of brain science Mild-mannered, never polemical, with nothing of the Luddite about him, Carr makes his points with a lot of apt citations and wide-ranging erudition.
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