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What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Technology commentator Nicholas Carr explores the psychological impact of the Internet and his new book *The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains*. “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 bounties of the internet, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply? 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.

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Nicholas Carr writes on the social, economic, and business implications of technology. He is the author of the 2008 Wall Street Journal bestseller *The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google* and *Does IT Matter?*. He has also written for many periodicals, including *The Atlantic Monthly*, *The New York Times Magazine*, *Wired*, *The Financial Times*, *Die Zeit*, *The Futurist*, and *Advertising Age*, and has been a columnist for *The Guardian* and *The Industry Standard*. His essay “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” which appeared as the cover story of the *Atlantic Monthly*’s Ideas issue in the summer of 2008, has been collected in three popular anthologies: *The Best American Science and Nature Writing*, *The Best Technology Writing*, and *The Best Spiritual Writing*.
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