Nicholas Carr [ 28 DEC 2015 | Attention Economy | 18:05 ] In the summer of 2008, The Atlantic published Carr’s article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” as the cover story of its annual Ideas issue. Highly critical of the Internet’s effect on cognition, the article has been read and debated widely in both the media and the blogosphere. Carr’s main argument is that the Internet may have detrimental effects on cognition that diminish the capacity for concentration and contemplation.
Carr’s 2010 book, The Shallows , develops this argument further. Discussing various examples ranging from Nietzsche’s typewriter to London cab drivers’ GPS navigators, Carr shows how newly introduced technologies change the way people think, act and live. The book focuses on the detrimental influence of the Internet—although it does recognize its beneficial aspects—by investigating how hypertext has contributed to the fragmentation of knowledge.
When we search the Web, for instance, the context of information can be easily ignored. “ We don’t see the trees,” Carr writes. “We see twigs and leaves .”
One of Carr’s major points is that the change caused by the Internet involves the physical restructuring of the human brain, which he explains in light of the latest research on neuroplasticity.
In addition to being a Pulitzer Prize nominee, the book appeared on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list and has been translated into 17 languages in addition to English .
In January 2008 Carr became a member of the Editorial Board of Advisors of Encyclopædia Britannica. Earlier in his career, Carr served as executive editor of the Harvard Business Review. He was educated at Dartmouth College and Harvard University.
In 2014, Carr published “The Glass Cage: Automation and Us” , which presents a critical examination of the role of computer automation in contemporary life. Spanning historical, technical, economic, and philosophical viewpoints, the book has been widely acclaimed by reviewers, with the New York Times Sunday Book Review terming it “essential. ”
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