The Shallows Summary

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Nicholas Carr in The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains (2010) asserts that, “With the exception of alphabets and number systems, the net may well be the single most powerful mind-altering technology that has ever come into general use. At the very least, it’s the most powerful that has come along since the book.” (Carr, 2010, Pg. 108) Carr explains this quote throughout the entire book. He continues by adding real world examples and data from other studies. From all of the information that is gathered for this book, he creates the idea that internet has drastically changed culture and brought forward new ways of thinking that will exist for many years to come. Niholas Carr concludes that the way the net has changed thinking reduces how people can concentrate on a single piece of information, but enhances the fact that people can take in vast amounts of data. The first point that Carr makes is the evolution of technology. Using the internet is taking over, and could possibly completely replace books, and other forms of old literature. He supports this in his book by saying, “No doubt the connectivity and other features of e-books will bring new delights and diversions. The cost will be further weakening, if not a final severing of the intimate intellectual attachment between the lone writer and the lone reader. (Carr, 2010, Pg.118) …show more content…

116) By this he means that no matter how much attention or concentration someone may put into something while working on the internet, something will more than likely sidetrack and prevent the person from completing the task. Shopping, social media, videos, and messages are all things capable of breaking someone’s concentration while trying to work

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