Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Welcome to the online adaptation of Nicholas Carr's already classic essay. This site is intended for educational purposes only, and is to be used in conjunction with the essay reproduced in your textbook.

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Is the Internet destroying Nicholas Carr's brain?

Lately Carr feels more and more like the Hal 9000 computer when astronaut Dave Bowman slowly deactivates his memory modules in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey

Carr used to be able to read long stretches of prose with ease; now his attention span has gotten alarmingly short.

As a journalist, Carr finds the Internet a tremendous help, allowing him to do research quickly and easily that would once have forced him to spend hours in libraries or doing investigative legwork. It's obviously a godsend in terms of speed and productivity. But ... [more]