Review: “The Shallows” by Nicholas Carr

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“When we go online, we enter an environment that promotes cursory reading, hurried and distracted thinking, and superficial learning.” So writes, Nicholas Carr, in his Pulitzer-prize nominated and New York Times bestselling book, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains (2011, Norton).

 

Review: "The Shallows" by Nicholas Carr

 

We all know the Internet has brought many advantages, not the least of which is access to wide array of information, connecting ideas and people from around the world. Probably we’ve all felt the effects of the increased distractions it offers from its unceasing delivery of email, social media, news and advertising morsels. It’s easy to lose ourselves on the Web as we surf from page to page responding to one click-bait after another. To be sure, the Web is a source of vast information that can help us achieve our goals and dreams. But it can also be a major source of diversion from those same goals.

I know this. I respect its power to seduce me into going where I had not…

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