Thursday, June 19, 2008

Is Carr being a bit dramatic?

Google making us Stupid?

I'm not sold on this yet. I still delve into my novels, reading hours at a time. I can read hundreds of pages of academic writings and understand the meanings, and yes, I do Google things I want to learn more about. I guess it comes down to breadth verses depth. But if I am gaining knowledge, is it a form of intellectual technological knowledge manipulated by electronic forces? This does sound a bit creepy...and invasive. Or, did I merely save myself the 20 minute drive, $2 in gas, $5 parking ticket, $1.89 cup of coffee to go to the library and look up Maryanne Wolf's book, "Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of Reading the Brain" because of the intrigue of Carr's allusion to her ideas? I popped her in Google and sure enough, learned something about her and her work. Is this making me stupid? Doubtful, at least for the time being.

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