The Shallows Critique Chapters 7&8

Topics: Mind, Thought, Psychology Pages: 2 (626 words) Published: April 25, 2013
The Shallows Chapters 7 & 8
In chapters seven and eight of the book The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains Nicholas Carr discusses the effects the internet has on our brain, and the changes it causes not only in our mind but also in our daily lives. It is becoming apparent with every click of the mouse that the internet is not only changing our minds, it’s changing our whole lives and society.

Carr seems to have one main purpose in chapter seven, to drive home his point that the internet is changing the way we think, and process information that we are reading. Carr writes “When we go online we enter an environment that promotes cursory reading, hurried and distracted thinking and superficial learning. The net seizes our attention, only to scatter it. We become mindless consumers of data.” He makes a strong statement here that could undoubtedly draw criticism however I completely agree with his analysis. Throughout this book Carr has at times been a little harsh but his message is clear and the “juggler’s brain” has been the most thought provoking chapter yet. I can relate to not being able to concentrate on one particular task and some of the things he discusses in this chapter sound like they were written in reference of me. My mind jumps constantly between thoughts and it is difficult to stay focused. Even while writing the paper I am thinking about laundry that needs to be started, if I programmed the DVR to record a show I wanted to watch, and what my plan is for dinner tonight. The scary part is I can remember a time when I wasn’t so distracted, when I could actually take the time to sit down and enjoy a good book. Prior to starting this book I blamed my ADD like behavior to “Mommy Brain” but the farther I read into this book the more it sounds as if I along with many others suffer with a classic case of juggler’s brain.

Although it is important to get the point across, I feel Carr spends a ridiculous amount of time in chapter...
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