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- Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main - Re-issue edition (1 Sept. 2010)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00556G7LU
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,379 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Shallows: How the Internet Is Changing the Way We Think, Read and Remember Kindle Edition
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This book kept me fascinated from start to finish. Gives you great insight into what is happening to our brain as we perpetually cram the internet into our minds. Since reading the book ive tried to stay away from the internet as much as possible, not from being told to do so, but within the book the author write's about the history of books and puts a very romatic spin on it, which has led me to want to read even more and get away from the constant "anti-social" social media platforms we're so glued to, I understand and the author explains that they is no turning back from what we have become, but I think there is a light at the end of the tunnel. This is a great read to anyone interested in the workings of the brain and to anyone wanting to discover how we are negatively affected by our use of the internet, also some great further reading listed at the end of the book. I am going to read what else the author has put out. Stop thinking, and buy the book!! READ MORE!!!!
This is not a political book, but it gives the reader the material she needs to consider the larger ramifications. When this book was published, the extent of government surveillance of the internet was not known, even though it was clear that corporate interests were collecting data about users in enormous quantities. Carr does not discuss the way that this can be, is being, and will be, used to stifle public dissent, and to shape public opinion in favour of agendas not to the public benefit. Nor does he consider at much length the implications of allowing the limited imaginations of the creators of this technology - who, as he shows, think human minds are little more than computers - to have such a vast impact on our society and our idea of what it is to be human. He also does not discuss the political and social consequences of dependency on a form of technology that requires numerous sophisticated elements to be universally accessible - from the manufacture of the devices themselves, including the acquisition of the parts, their distribution and cost, the electricity needed to run them, and of course, access to fast reliable servers. It is very unlikely that these will remain constantly and universally available through the shifts and disruptions - if not worse - that will accompany the effects of global warming, and can easily be rendered inaccessible to segments of the population, effectively cutting them off from the main form of global and national communication (this is already the case for the poorest people in western societies). Meanwhile, the population is, as Huxley imagined, absorbed in the technologies, and as Carr makes clear - worse than Huxley imagined - suffering great damage to their capacity for deep, analytical thought.
Carr is ultimately pessimistic - he writes near the end about how he disconnected to write the book and is now re-connecting to the internet. This is not an encouraging book, but it is a powerful, useful indicator of what it is that we are sleepwalking into.
I have been minorly concerned for a while about my mental clarity/sharpness - others may have had doubts long before this! - but I began to suspect my use of the internet/computer/email/facebook was contributing to a disconnectedness and fragmentedness in my own thinking.
Nicholas Carr describes his own similar experience, and traces its roots to the rise of the internet as an irreplaceable tool in modern living. He looks at how its form, more than its content, shapes and reshapes our neural pathways, and impacts our ability to think and remember.
Essentially we are rewired for distractedness and faced with overload - so much that our ability to think deeply and to remember is affected.
Thankfully he also shows that, due to the plasticity of the brain, this situation is remediable.
Well written, essential reading for a connected generation
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The MRP on the book was Rs. 599 and it was sold it to me by Amazon at around Rs. 800. Trust goes down when such things happen. One star is for amazon service and not the book.
The book is a great and enlightening read!
Even though this was clearly written in 2009 and parts of it feel extremely dated, the understandings gathered from it apply even more so in 2017 than when this book was written. The lack of critical or deep thinking that followed the rise of Trump in the US, on both sides of politics, the rapid fire cyberbullying present in almost every Facebook comments thread, and the time-sucking virality of the Facebook and Youtube experience all point to the trajectory observed by the author.
Allerdings "nur" 4 Sterne, da man das Buch um ca. 30% reduzieren könnte. Aber das könnte an den großen Verlägen liegen, die wie er schreibt, von ihm fordern, Bücher unter den bestimmten Rahmenbedingungen zu schreiben, um dann noch 1 Jahr bis zur Veröffentlichung zu warten.
Ich würde noch das andere Buch von diesem Autor empfehlen, wie die Technologie generell unsere Welt ändert. Ist noch spannender und umfassender.
As a book outlining the history of human intellectual technology, I thought it was exceptionally interesting and well written.
Love the way explain it...
I was then surprised to find by book's end that I could agree with Carr's thesis. This is because he presents some decent (if now a bit dated) neurological evidence and does confront full on the past claims of anti-technologists. He even deals with the effects of reading (the original reading) on our psyches.
The mistake he makes is when he talks about the effects of scripts on the brain. Here he is out of his depth. For example, he says that when punctuation was introduced our mental abilities changed. Well, he's off when he cites the time of that change, and anyway it seems ridiculously speculative.
I went ahead and bought his latest book, The Glass Cage, because I think this guy has a head on his shoulders and because he writes clearly.
We have to work on limiting our tech when it comes to enjoyable reading. Hard task.