Is Google Making us Stupid? When Nicholas Carr posed that question , 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 deeply?
Now Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration of the Internet’s intellectual and cultural consequences yet published. He explains how the technologies we use to find, store and share information can literally reroute our neural pathways. 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 industrialist, 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 even more adept at scanning and skimming , but we are losing is our capacity for concentration, contemplation and reflection.