What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
The bestselling author of The Big Switch returns with an explosive look at technology’s effect on the mind.
“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 Internet’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?
Now, Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration yet published of the Internet’s intellectual and cultural consequences. 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. A gripping story of human transformation played out against a backdrop of technological upheaval, The Shallows will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds.
“Neuroscience and technology buffs, librarians, and Internet users will find this truly compelling.“—Library Journal (starred review)
“Cogent, urgent and well worth reading.”—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author - Nicholas Carr
Nicholas Carr is the author of The Shallows, The Big Switch, and Does IT Matter? He has written for the New York Times, Atlantic, Guardian, Wired, and other periodicals. He lives in Colorado with his wife.
About the Narrator - Paul Michael Garcia
Paul Michael Garcia, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and former company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, received his classical training in theater from Southern Oregon University, where he worked as an actor, director, and designer.