Nicholas Carr: The Shallows

“Is the Internet making us stupid?”

 

This was the provocative question Nicholas Carr asked in an explosive July 2008 cover story for The Atlantic. Two years on, he has followed it up with a book-length analysis of the impact of contemporary digital technology on our neurons—and maybe even our  souls. Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains has elicited a massive response, generating controversy not only on The Colbert Report and in The New York Times, but also across the blogosphere. Indeed, the depth and sophistication of much of the debate about the book—especially the thoughtfulness of many online critiques—might be taken as an argument against its thesis.

 

Barnes & Noble Review’s Andrew Keen recently had lunch in San Francisco with Carr to discover whether the Colorado-based author is as controversial in the flesh as he is in print. What Keen found was a man anything but shallow in his scholarly and provocative analysis of the impact the Internet is having on our culture.

 

See Daniel Menaker's Review of The Shallows

 

 

Why widespread use of the Internet may be resulting in a flatter, less interesting culture (2:37).

 

 

 

How digital culture could return us to our “native state” of distraction (1:21).

 

 

 

Carr recommends essential reading about how technology is altering our society, and our minds (0:49).

 

 

 

The paradoxical phenomenon of being alone together on the internet (1:52).

 

 

Click here to see the full version of the interview (18:19).

Comments
by nycdadDL on ‎08-06-2010 12:04 PM
How ironic! An abridged version of the interview is offered, presumably for those too busy to listen to the entire interview. Sort of emphasizes his point!
by bluelu on ‎08-09-2010 04:05 PM

this author has many interesting insights, good thoughts & ideas regarding the comparision of  the "brain on internet". I concur w/most of what he says about the internet, books & the totality of his subject about involvement & focus & having the kind of deep perception that our minds get when we are alone w/only our ownselves ...

 

One thing puzzles me however, is it a joke that this whole interview was done w/the background of busy streets, cars, noises, waitresses, people walking & as many other distractions such as wind blowing sounds as possible, as the interview continues on about the same... Being distracted not being able to concentrate et al...???? Good one!!!!

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