The best-selling author of The Big Switch returns with an explosive look at technology’s effect on the mind.
“Is Google making us stupid?” When Nicholas Carr posed that question in an Atlantic Monthly cover story, 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 Internet’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply? Now, Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration yet published of the Internet’s intellectual and cultural consequences.
Weaving insights from philosophy, neuroscience, and history into a rich narrative, The Shallows explains how the Internet is rerouting our neural pathways, replacing the subtle mind of the book reader with the distracted mind of the screen watcher. A gripping story of human transformation played out against a backdrop of technological upheaval, The Shallows will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds.
©2010 Nicholas Carr (P)2011 Audible Ltd
This book gives a comprehensive review of how communication and media have changed over the ages, and of the effects this has had on our minds and the way we think. It covers an enormously broad scope of history yet is fascinating at every turn, and this is the first book I've really felt compelled to take the time to review. Several months after finishing it the book is still resonating with me, and this is despite the fact that I have read many neuroscience books both before and after The Shallows. Reading this book will really open your eyes, and you won't forget it.
The narration is excellent; well balanced, easy to listen too, and really brings the story to life. Fantastic job on an amazing book.
"The internet makes you stupid." There is nothing else it could be!
I am buying the hard copy too; I just want this on my shelves.
The search for understanding
This audiobook is my favourite so far. By content and nature I found it worked in great with the ebook. Audio for easy listening when exercising or doing tasks, reading when you get time to sit and concentrate.
Easy to listen to
The superficial challenge
This is a truly excellent listen/read. If you are a pundit, parent, or professor, it is really worth exploring. I also liked to use of the thoeries and research of John Sweller. It has a far reaching impact on us and our education system with enough examples and friendly explantion to make it practical. My background is in Computing Science and Mathematics in industry but I am now education and this provides a foundation to compare theories to (EG: try looking at this perspective on Multiple Intelligences).
To me this book had a very reasonable premise, but it had really did not need quite as much material to it. It was like the author continued to write to prove he had not been made shallow by the internet.
I found the historical context that they put the internet into quite interesting. This aspect is something that I personally would not have sought out - but am glad to have now heard.
The book works on the premise that the "medium is the message", and that the internet along with neural plasticity is changing not just how we interact with the computer, but all aspects of our thinking.
A dreadful book, shallow and self opinionated to the point of being time wasting.
Carr starts with a weak premise and then trudges through any selective evidence he can find to support a feeble thesis.
You get the impression he simply wanted to write a book, any book regardless of the fact that it wasted his time and any one else that reads it.
He doesn't even consider the pros and cons of his own argument in a rigorous way. He simply pads out the pages. Give up trying to be a writer and get a job doing magazine articles.
It doesn't deserve 1/5
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