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Is Google Making Us Stupid? [Kindle Edition]

Nicholas Carr
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Nicholas Carr's blockbuster essay on how the Internet is changing the way we think, now available in a Kindle edition. Originally published in The Atlantic magazine in 2008, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" set off a worldwide debate about the cognitive and cultural consequences of our infatuation with computers and online media. The New York Times called it the article that "everyone is talking about." The essay served as the original inspiration for Carr's Pulitzer Prize-nominated book "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains." This edition of the essay includes an author's note on his sources. Approximately 5000 words in length. Cover hummingbird photo by Dan Pancamo ( used under Creative Commons license (

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  • File Size: 67 KB
  • Print Length: 16 pages
  • Publisher: The Rough Type Press; 1 edition (July 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4.0 out of 5 stars A somewhat disturbing, but ultimately worthwhile, read November 10, 2013
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The short answer to the title of this essay is "yes". Pervasive use of shortcut technologies such as the Internet is, indeed, changing the way we learn. People tend to read shorter articles and remember less of what they read. Our attention spans are getting shorter, and our ability to concentrate for long periods of time is declining. This essay isn't all "doom and gloom" however, as these changes are presented as they are: As changes, not a terminal illness. Mr. Carr helpfully points out that there have been many times in human history where people were concerned that technology hindered, rather than helped, our advancement: The printing press, telephone, the phonograph, even the printed word itself, are all examples. However, time has shown that each of these has proven immensely useful to humanity. In "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" Mr. Carr is quick to admit that he does not know where our continuing evolution will take us. But by taking the time to read this illuminating essay, you at least will be aware of how we are changing. Recommended. 4/5
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3.0 out of 5 stars Title misleading September 21, 2012
By SharonB
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I use Google all the time to look up words I don't know,the meaning of or why different things happen. I not only think Google is not making us stupid, I feel Google has incresed my knowledge by a great margin and my husband agrees. It is a great tool for the average family that doesn't have other resourses at their disposal.
For instance, we got new chicks this Spring. When they first start laying eggs, they often lay double yolked eggs. I knew that but didn't know why. I Googled the question and now I know why.
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More About the Author

Nicholas Carr is an acclaimed writer on technology and culture whose books have been translated into more than 25 languages. His latest work, "The Glass Cage: Automation and Us," examines the personal, social, and economic consequences of our growing dependence on computers to do our jobs and live our lives. The New York Times Book Review called the book "essential," and the Wall Street Journal termed it "elegant."

Carr's 2010 book, "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains," was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction. A New York Times bestseller, "The Shallows" discusses the cognitive consequences of Internet and computer use and, more broadly, examines the role that media and other technologies have played in shaping the way people think.

Carr is also the author of the 2008 Wall Street Journal bestseller "The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google," which the Financial Times called "the best read so far about the significance of the shift to cloud computing," and of the much-discussed 2004 book "Does IT Matter?" In addition to writing books, Carr contributes articles and essays to many newspapers and magazines. He wrote the celebrated and much-anthologized essay "Is Google Making Us Stupid?," which appeared in The Atlantic, and he has also contributed to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Republic, Wired, and Nature. He was formerly the executive editor of the Harvard Business Review. Carr blogs at More information about his work can be found at his website, [Author photo by Merrick Chase.]

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