ATLAS Speaker Series: Is Google making us stupid?

Nicholas Carr, author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated bestselling book “The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to our brains,” will talk about how digital media are influencing the way people think, read and interact on Monday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. in ATLAS 100, Cofrin Auditorium. The event free and open to the public.

Referencing media theorist Marshall McLuhan, Carr points out, “media are not just passive channels of information. They supply the stuff of thought, but they also shape the process of thought.” If the Web is shaping thought processes, what are people gaining? What are they losing? As people and society become increasingly dependent on the Web, how are they changing? Carr will discuss these issues.

“...what the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation. My mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles. Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.” -- Nicholas Carr, from “Is Google making us stupid?” The Atlantic, July-August 2008.


Contact: Ira Liss

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