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Author: Nicholas Carr Narrator: Richard Powers Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481586542

Publisher Description

“Is Google making us stupid?” When Nicholas Carr posed that question in an Atlantic Monthly cover story, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: as we enjoy the Internet’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?

Now, Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration yet published of the Internet’s intellectual and cultural consequences. Weaving insights from philosophy, neuroscience, and history into a rich narrative, The Shallows explains how the Internet is rerouting our neural pathways, replacing the subtle mind of the book reader with the distracted mind of the screen watcher. A gripping story of human transformation played out against a backdrop of technological upheaval, The Shallows will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds.

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Quotes

  • “A must-read for any desk jockey concerned about the Web’s deleterious effects on the mind.”

    - Newsweek
  • “Even as Carr bemoans his vanishing attention span, he’s careful to note the usefulness of the Internet, which provides us with access to a near infinitude of information. We might be consigned to the intellectual shallows, but these shallows are as wide as a vast ocean.”

    - New York Times Book Review
  • “This is a lovely story well told―an ode to a quieter, less frenetic time when reading was more than skimming and thought was more than mere recitation.”

    - San Francisco Chronicle
  • “Neuroscience and technology buffs, librarians, and Internet users will find this truly compelling.”

    - Library Journal (starred review)
  • “Cogent, urgent, and well worth reading.”

    - Kirkus Reviews
  • “[Carr] is an astute critic of the information technology revolution…Carr’s fresh, lucid, and engaging assessment of our infatuation with the Web is provocative and revelatory.”

    - Booklist

Awards

  • A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A 2011 Pulitzer Prize Finalist
  • A 2011 PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award Finalist
  • A Barack Obama Reading List Pick
  • A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Neuropsychology

Customer Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Very interesting analysis of how the physical brain is affected by our distracted lifestyle. "

    - Roger, 2/6/2014
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    " Great, great book. It's made a huge impact on my time spent on the computer, my conversations at parties, and my general view of where technology is headed. "

    - Sperks, 2/1/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I read Carr's original article in the Atlantic Monthly two years ago. I was eager to read more about neuroscience and the internet. I hope there will be more research and dialog on this critical subject. However, this book dragged at times. I felt like the author was struggling to meet a publisher's page requirement. I also felt the author could have done a better job in explaining the scientific research. For example, Rebecca Skloot in "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" did an excellent job of presenting complex scientific material in a way that English majors could understand. Carr is not quite to Skloot's level yet. "

    - Readnponder, 1/27/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A scary look at the actual physical changes that are taking place in our brain. In the author's words: "The simulations of the Net can be invigorating and inspriring. We wouldn't want to give them up. But they are, as well, exhausting and distracting...One of the greatest dangers we face as we autmoate th work of our minds is...a slow erosion of our humanness and our humnaity. "

    - Carolyn, 1/23/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Interesante, pero de hueva. "

    - San, 1/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A fantastic exploration of the effects of digital technology on the cognitive functioning of the mind. "

    - Nathan, 1/15/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Awesome book on how the Internet and google are causing havac to our brain and destroying our ability to deep think and concentrate. "

    - Anson, 1/11/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Supremely perceptive, and with an argument like a newer and more general version of Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death's. "

    - Shayne, 1/8/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Review forthcoming. Is the internet changing the way you think? "

    - William, 12/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great read with some solid science thrown in to back up his thesis. "

    - Noelclifden, 11/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " You can skip first four chapters.. "

    - ✓ali, 11/8/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " a really interesting look at what is happening to our brains thanks to the internet and also puts media use in a fascinating historical context. Non fiction lovers and geeks, especially into history, brain science and philosophy, will love this. "

    - Al, 9/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Thought provoking and contains some good theories about how technology is changing our brains. But a bit repetitive. Could have been half as long. "

    - John, 7/18/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I learned from this excellent, approachable book that I need to spend far less time on the internet as it is altering the behaviour of my brain, and not for the better! "

    - Jane, 5/3/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " An interesting book on an interesting subject. It didn't blow me away and I skimmed through a lot of the historical stuff. "

    - Narasu, 12/10/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Excellent and entertaining description of how our neuroplastic brains are affected by the constant distractions of the internet. "

    - Annfairfaxbaker, 8/28/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Really fascinating look at how the tools we use to process information can shape our brains and the way we think. He goes all the way back to what happened when people first put things down in writing all the way up to google, so it's also a really neat history of how people view the brain. "

    - Peggy, 8/7/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This was an interesting book. Really eye opening in parts. "

    - Job, 7/26/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A great book that cautions us to be aware of the effects that technology can have on our way of thinking and living. "

    - C.J., 5/28/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A very interesting read on how our brains have become "rewired" since the dawn of the internet. "

    - LuAnn, 5/14/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Some of the facts of this book were fascinating, but overall, nothing groundbreaking. "

    - Dan, 5/9/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " So far really interesting, but kind of depressing. Its helping me understand my recent memory loss and lack of ability to focu "

    - Christie, 5/1/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Brilliant! Essential reading for all. "

    - Ed, 4/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " great book. carr's argument is sound about how our technologies work with the plasticity that our brains exhibit to change them. worth the read, and worth thinking about in our technological lives. "

    - Sean, 4/10/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This book helped me decrease my Internet consumption, helping me to think deeper and to focus on what I'm reading, not on what I'm not. A great read for anyone who uses the internet. "

    - Tom, 4/7/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Thought provoking and contains some good theories about how technology is changing our brains. But a bit repetitive. Could have been half as long. "

    - John, 4/3/2011

About the Author

Nicholas Carr is the author of The Shallows, The Big Switch, and Does IT Matter? He has written for the New York Times, Atlantic, Guardian, Wired, and other periodicals. He lives in Colorado with his wife.

About the Narrator

Richard Powers has published thirteen novels. He is a MacArthur Fellow and received the National Book Award. His book, The Overstory, won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.