Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Is Google making us stupid?

In this article from the Atlantic Monthly, Nicholas Carr ponders how the internet may be affecting our brains. Sven Birkerts - much reviled and dismissed as a luddite by the digerati - covered some of the same ground more than a decade ago in his Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age. Perhaps a rebellious slow reading movement, prodded forward by technology, is finally gathering spee..momentum; for testimonies from readers about how hard it is to read these days, see Carr's blog Fortunately, even those of us with hardly any attention span left can still enjoy a good picture, if it's not too big.

(Sign next to reader being ticketed reads Minimum Speed, 186 282 397 MPS)

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