Info Gluttony

Another reason why I need to go off the grid, or at least get off of the Internets

Posted in Uncategorized by echan on June 30, 2008

The cover story for the current issue of the Atlantic is Nicholas Carr’s essay, where he shares his worries that the way we read online is affecting our ability to read offline (i.e. shortening our attention spans by rewiring our neural circuits). The following quote[1] from his piece hits a little too close to home:

Scott Karp, who writes a blog about online media, recently confessed that he has stopped reading books altogether. “I was a lit major in college, and used to be [a] voracious book reader,” he wrote. “What happened?” He speculates on the answer: “What if I do all my reading on the web not so much because the way I read has changed, i.e. I’m just seeking convenience, but because the way I THINK has changed?”

Eeks, how do we go back? Or should I just sell my untouched, 6-year-old copy of Swann’s Way?

[1] The Internet may be making me dumb, but as Scott Karp’s blog response to Nicholas Carr’s atribution demonstrates, it makes for interesting fodder to verbal fights. This is more interesting than Carr’s essay, in some respects.

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