Must read : The Shallows by Nicholas Carr

The Shallows by Nicholas Carr (isbn: 9780393072228)
[Dutch : Het ondiepe, hoe onze hersenen omgaan met internet]

Building on the insights of thinkers from Plato to McLuhan, Carr makes a convincing case that every information technology carries an intellectual ethic — a set of assumptions about the nature of knowledge and intelligence. He explains how the printed book served to focus our attention, promoting deep and creative thought. In stark contrast, the Internet encourages the rapid, distracted sampling of small bits of information from many sources. Its ethic is the ethic of the industrialist, an ethic of speed and efficiency, of optimized production and consumption — and now the Net is remaking us in its own image. We are becoming ever more adept at scanning and skimming, but what we are losing is our capacity for concentration, contemplation, and reflection.

How does our brain handle information and what effect does the digital age have on the way we consume, process and handle information. Open your eyes and decide for yourself if the digital ages is the progress we seek.


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