"And so we ask the Internet to keep interrupting us in ever more
varied ways. We willingly accept the loss of concentration and focus,
the fragmentation of our attention, and the thinning of our thoughts in
return for the wealth of compelling, or at least diverting, information
we receive. ... What we're experiencing is, in a metaphorical sense, a reversal of
the early trajectory of civilization: We are evolving from cultivators
of personal knowledge into hunters and gatherers in the electronic data
forest. In the process, we seem fated to sacrifice much of what makes
our minds so interesting."
--Nicholas Carr, author of Is Google Making Us Stupid?
and forthcoming book The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
, from an essay adapted for Wired
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