Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Last night I finished The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr. Thought-provoking stuff, truly.
The irony is that I read it on my kindle, ha! (However, I didn't use/see hypertexted material or have any real distractions that way.) He makes a strong case for the negative ways that certain information technology alters our thinking and congnitive (as well as empathetic) abilities. He also does a lot of historical work with advanced technology from the past like the printed book. If you want to know why we should have some boundaries as regards exposure to things like the net or TV, check out this book. Lots of solid reasons here!
I also started Sherry Turkle's Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. It delves into some of the same issues but focusses on social media more.