This article (Is sStupid making us google?) has popped up on Art & Literature Daily. More on the effect of internet on reading and thinking habits. I seem to have read this article before but sometimes ALDaily has this weird habit of recycling old articles back to the top of the page. Here is an extract but for the full deal click here:
I don’t know about Mr. Carr, but I have no doubt that I go online to avoid reading in the traditional sense. The question is, how guilty do I need to feel about this? In his view, presumably, quite a lot guilty, since by reading online as much as I do I am depriving myself of the ability to read offline. He takes this insight to an even more alarming conclusion in the end, writing that “as we come to rely on computers to mediate our understanding of the world, it is our own intelligence that flattens into artificial intelligence.” And if that’s the case for veteran readers, think how much worse it must be for the jeunesse dorée of the information age, if they never developed the habits that accompany “deep reading” in the first place.