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The Shallows Book Review
Transcript of The Shallows Book Review
What we learned
Surprises from this book
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He has been a freelance writer since 2003
His main themes of writing are based on technology and culture
Has written for various columns such as The Guardian, Wall Street Journal etc.
Became a Pulitzer Prize Finalist in 2011 for The Shallows
Based on the technology that we have created throughout history, our brains are continuously adapting to new forms of the internet on a daily basis. Along with this change, we have also gained shorter attention spans which reduces our ability for deep concentration.
Andrew Gilbreth, Sage Leehey,
Joanie Simon http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127370598
Our brains have been adapting to the medium we use to get information for a long time
Reading conventional text requires no interruptions, deep concentration, memorization
Modern technology reinforces multi-tasking, efficiency, short and disjointed bursts of information
As a result, our brains have been "remapped" to this new format, making long, deep concentration difficult
The brain can begin remapping itself in a matter of days
Our brains had to adapt to mediums as old as written language
These brain changes are not permanent
Must... Look At Social Media!
MRI of the brain from UCLA study http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/30/shocking-ways-internet-rewires-brain_n_4136942.html
Reading book / Surfing web
Part of an infographic by Go Gulf http://editorial.designtaxi.com/news-inttime1007/big.gif
Replica of a writing ball http://www.retronaut.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/217.jpg
The book dwells very much on the negatives effects on our brain from the Internet, but there are well-documented positive effects, too.
Can our brains adapt to allow more critical in-depth thinking while on the Internet?
How can we better manage the cognitive overload that's disallowing deep concentration?
It's a well-researched book that follows the ways that we have received information through time closely and makes smart comments.
The manner in which it's written is very dense and heavy on data and history, making it a more difficult read than it needs to be.