This morning I skimmed through
David Mays’ book notes on Nicholas Carr’s relatively new book:
First I skimmed…and then I went back and read.
It took a third time before I
slowed down and
really read the review.
Mays’ book notes are worth reading in their entirety and he’s convinced me that Carr’s book is worth reading as well….
I’ll just share a few quotes from the review…
And I’ll try to be brief.
And I’ll try to stay within my 20 seconds.
And if you read the review….you’ll see why.
Excerpts from David Mays’ review:
Carr is the author of The Big Switch. He has written for various periodicals. He says, “When we go online, we enter an environment that promotes cursory reading, hurried and distracted thinking, and superficial learning.” (116) The Net is rapidly and profoundly altering our brain.
“The Net is, by design, an interruption system, a machine geared for dividing attention.” (131) “Frequent interruptions scatter our thoughts, weaken our memory, and make us tense and anxious.” (132) “The near-continuous stream of new information pumped out by the Web also plays to our natural tendency to ‘vastly overvalue what happens to us right now….'” (134)