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The Shallows by Nicholas Carr
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Nov 26, 10

bookshelves: 2010, vpl, technology, research
Read from November 12 to 24, 2010

I think this book grossly simplified the content and experience of the internet. Many of the allegations leveled against digital technology ("there's stuff distracting you all the time!") are things that those of us who work on building websites and apps are consciously working to alleviate, not defacto qualities of digital experiences. On a simple level, this book argues that books make us smart and internet makes us dumb, while acknowledging that people made the same argument about books (that it makes us dumb) when they were first invented. But, I did enjoy reading this book because I think it's a good discussion to start, and I think when you strip out the bias from it, the perspective that technology shapes our biology is incredibly fascinating (and true).
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