garyares, June 20, 2010
Disclosure - I am distractible. However, that makes me all the more qualified to state that "The Shallows" is a must read for those who use the internet, and find themselves excessively skim reading, and worst of all jump from article to article using the blue text link. Additionally, getting lost and wondering "where was I?", or "what was I trying to get in the first place?"
For those who are not, the pages will invoke arguments about topics which interest them, and allow the use of their particular area of knowledge, or possibly opinion. It's easy for me to spot them (with all due respect), because they don't seem to connect with the topic.
On the other side, there are many who enter the virtual world of the internet, often with a specific goal, only to have the entire day spent on something completely different. That's often called distractibility.
Finally, I highly recommend this book to parents, guardians, teachers at all levels, and especially anyone who uses the web for advancing their lives. It a nutshell, I believe the we must safeguard against losing the information we came to acquire by doing our best to focus our attention, read in a linear manner, and fight the urge to chick that link. I have begun to do just that. Some might call it mindful.
For a listing of other reviews and information on Nicholas Carr's book "The Shallows" please visit my blog; http:velorep.com/b2b-blog