Nicholas Carr writes in The Atlantic this month that Google – the entire Internet, really – is making us “stupid.”
Carr argues the quick-skip culture of search, Web surfing and short-form writing may actually be rewiring our brains. He believes it has happened to him and now he has trouble “immersing myself in a book or lengthy article.”
Oh yeah, Nick? Then how come for the second week in a row I’m using the mainstream media roundup to link to long magazine articles?
It’s not as if I just skimmed over John Seabrook’s fascinating look at advances in voice recognition software in The New Yorker. And our readers can’t either, because the magazine hasn’t posted it on the website.
And just Saturday I plowed through all of Ian McEwan’s Amsterdam, which has nothing to do with technology and does not mention 2001: A Space Odyssey (film or book) a single time.
That said, I’ve been having major problems sitting still to watch movies and even half-hour TV programs. If that’s Google’s fault, then I owe Google a big thank you.