“Confirms my suspicions.”CLI wrote this review Friday, June 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It is clear that the internet is influencing how we develop think and interact. The problem of the was only two thirds of the way through before the book became relevant and interesting. For me there was too much focus on the history of technology.
The most interesting point of the book is that when a person uses a hammer their hand becomes a hammer. This is great if you want to hammer nails but bad if you want to do anything else. When we use technology what are we becoming and what limitations is that placing on who we are?”
“With all good things comes a trade-off. The internet frees our brains of endless trivia and allows us to focus on deeper thinking. Yet we do not think deeper. The endless distractions of the internet, and nearly all modern media, keep us in a closed loop of very short and simple thoughts. Our brains are actually rewiring themselves as we read these short posts. It is as if we are training our society to thrive on sound-bites and headlines without ever reading deeper into the complex thought of a novel. Nicholas Carr quotes Marshall McLuhan "We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us." And so it goes: We designed the tools on the internet to give us instant access to the worlds knowledge, and we increasingly rely on the internet to produce that knowledge for us.”Jeff Hebert wrote this review Sunday, July 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Everybody should read this book. It opens a line of discussion that few are able to see, about the influence of computers and other gadgets over our brains, and that's because we are virtually dependent on them. I've noticed differences in me, my writing, my ability to focus, and I thought that I was just getting old. Then I started to read and I was able to understand that the problem was not me, but the new instruments I had to facilitate my life. Indeed, everything was easier, faster, but my brain was losing something.”Leila M wrote this review Wednesday, May 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Shallows was an excellent read. It was also a heavy read. There were a few chapters that dove into how the brain works. I wouldnât classify The Shallows as a pop culture book. The author walks the reader through many forms of communication and provides an interesting perspective along the way. I learned that books, as we know them today (sentences, paragraphs, chapters combined into a book) didnât come into existence until ~1500s (the written word existed for a preceding 1000-2000 years). Until then, the written word was a long long continuous run of words, no punctuation, no sentence structure, no paragraph structure. The innovation of those structures hadnât yet been envisioned. Books were originally believed to âdumb downâ (my words) society; until then we were largely a verbal society. Magazines were originally believed to replace books. The disruptive phonograph was also thought to eliminate books as people could conveniently listen to books. There have been a lot of potential book-displacement technologies over the centuries, but the written book prevails. Interestingly, I âreadâ this book via a streaming book service, audiobooks.com, using my smart phone + bluetooth headset in the car. Will the internet displace the book? One great quote: the internet isnât a learning enrichment tool, but an interruption system. One component of the titleâs premise of the book, âIs the internet making us dumbâ speaks towards hyperlinks. How instead of providing value, hyperlinks cause such a distraction to reading on-line, that weâre unable to extract deep meaning from the text. Instead of focusing the brain on deep understanding of the material, itâs continually asked to perform mini-evaluations along the way. Example, âshould I click that link?â When we do click, weâve potentially shifted our brain again into first gear to read some related content. Then again and again, never submerging ourselves into the deep reading mode where we (apparently) comprehend and retain the most. Donât believe the author, read the same book (URL listed below) embedded with hyperlinks and pictures â which was easier to read? http://stomphorst.ca/2012/07/26/the-shallows-what-the-internet-is-doing-to-our-brain-with-hyperlinks/ The Shallows deserves a second read. Who should read this book: Internet content creators ”Rick Stomphorst wrote this review Monday, May 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Absolutely fascinating, a must read. I, for one, feel that I am able to leverage the power of networked information without losing my soul - after all, I read the actual, dead-tree book in non-distracted sessions of deep reading, of which I remain yet quite capable. However, there are certainly an abundance of disturbing contrary signs. Reader beware, so to speak.”Nancy and Gary Kramer wrote this review Sunday, April 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this book thank to Matt's recommendation. It's quite decent to read actually. I liked it.
At the beginning, this book describes some unexpected and unpleasant experience when people read printed books and think on something seriously. They hardly concentrate on what they're doing and easily get distracted by something else. Actually, I have the same problem and didn't know what's going on inside me. This book explains what makes us like this, in the sense of our brain development. According that, our brain is self-developing in order to adjust to situations which it run into. Nowadays all over the world is connected by the Internet, which provides massive information as means of hyper-texts without concerning whether it is important or not. Then, it is our brain which needs to decide which information is important among them. To this end, our brain has to scan web-pages without concentrating and changes itself to become the best for scanning and fast reading. Thus, most of people nowadays have similar problems. I'm not the only one.
I enjoyed reading and following its idea which say how our brain works and how it influences our reading habit in WWW world. However, it doesn't provide any suggestion, i.e., it just describes our current situation. Now I know what and why it happened to me, so what can I do afterwards? Okay, it's my turn to figure out what to do...
P.S. scripto continua: Glad to know what it is. In fact, it gives the reason why classical Korean didn't have any pause in its sentence. ”
“Interesting.”Odilio Abreu wrote this review Friday, March 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“So turning off the blackberry on the weekend, choosing paper books over e-books, studying something long-term, amongst other behaviours, can make us smarter and avoid the dumbing down the internet "reverses" into - not collective intelligence but collective distractedness...”Sacha Cody wrote this review Thursday, March 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book has a very interesting premiss, but it does a poor job of maintain the interest level throughout the book. Carr makes the argument that the internet is changing the way our brains are wired so that we have an increasingly difficult time staying focused on one subject. That maybe true, but Carr still could have done a better job at trying to keep the readers attention on this book. If you are interested in this topic, I would suggest checking out Carr's articles and blogs, your brain will appreciate it. ”Julie H wrote this review Thursday, March 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No