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The Shallows by Nicholas Carr
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Sep 10, 10

bookshelves: nonfiction, technology

The title is just a little misleading: for about 75 pages or so (about a third of the book), Carr gives a history of reading. That's a necessary setup, though, for the case he builds for being much more cautious about the time we spend online. We are so easily distracted now that not just our attention span, but also our memory, is affected by our Internet use. Even reading fiction on a computer has brought about problems in the studies the author cites here. Carr's point--a very helpful one--is not that we should abandon the Internet, but that we should be very careful about how we use it ourselves, and how we let others use it with us (Google's goal of controlling as much information as possible is particularly disturbing).

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