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The Shallows: How the Internet is Changing the Way We Think, Read and Remember

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In this ground-breaking and compelling book, Nicholas Carr argues that not since Gutenberg invented printing has humanity been exposed to such a mind-altering technology. The Shallows draws on the latest research to show that the Net is literally re-wiring our brains inducing only superficial understanding. As a consequence there are profound changes in the way we live and communicate, remember and socialise - even in our very conception of ourselves. By moving from the depths of thought to the shallows of distraction, the web, it seems, is actually fostering ignorance. The Shallows is not a manifesto for luddites, nor does it seek to turn back the clock. Rather it is a revelatory reminder of how far the Internet has become enmeshed in our daily existence and is affecting the way we think. This landmark book compels us all to look anew at our dependence on this all-pervasive technology.

Computing & ITDigital lifestyleHealth & WellbeingHealth & PsychologyPopular psychologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPsychologySocial, group or collective psychologyScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesImpact of science & technology on society Publisher: Atlantic Books Publication Date: 01/07/2011 ISBN-13: 9781848872271  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Nicholas Carr is the author of The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google. He is a contributor to the New York Times, Guardian, Financial Times and Wired and was formerly the executive editor of the Harvard Business Review. Nick blogs at

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Superb book. Carefully researched and beautifully laid out arguments about the effects the internet has on us. A brilliant read and utterly terrifying!

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