Is Google Making Us Stupid? - Nicholas Carr - The Atlantic

Artigo publicado en en July/August 2008 Is Google Making Us Stupid? What the Internet is doing to our brains Nicholas Carr Jul 1 2008, 12:00 PM ET

Is Google Making Us Stupid? - Nicholas Carr - The Atlantic.

O autor reflexiona a cerca de cómo o xeito en que hoxe en día consumimos información podería estar afectando ao xeito en que entendemos o mundo. Ainda que non se mostra cómodo coas consecuencias que él detecta, deixa aberto o debate pois cambios similares acontecen cada certo tempo ao longo da historia humana e as súas consecuencias son moitas veces imprevisibles tanto para ben como para mal, e os conceptos de “ben” e “mal” son fundamentalmente subxetivos.

I think I know what’s going on. For more than a decade now, I’ve been spending a lot of time online, searching and surfing and sometimes adding to the great databases of the Internet. The Web has been a godsend to me as a writer. Research that once required days in the stacks or periodical rooms of libraries can now be done in minutes. A few Google searches, some quick clicks on hyperlinks, and I’ve got the telltale fact or pithy quote I was after. Even when I’m not working, I’m as likely as not to be foraging in the Web’s info-thickets’reading and writing e-mails, scanning headlines and blog posts, watching videos and listening to podcasts, or just tripping from link to link to link. (Unlike footnotes, to which they’re sometimes likened, hyperlinks don’t merely point to related works; they propel you toward them.)