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  1. Introduction
  2. 'The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to our Brains'
  3. Nicholas Carr

The book, ?The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to our Brains' by Nicholas Carr's taps into the anxiety of identifying what the internet is doing to us. The book instigates by Carr sharing his feeling just like other people claiming that he can no longer think as he did before evidenced by his fidgety when he tries to read long text. He observes the internet as being the latest long series of tools helping to mold the human mind and, therefore, possess the question on whether Google is rendering the human race stupid. Carr embarks on his story, by holding a firm grip on his brain, subjecting it to premonition scrutiny to understand how the internet has shaped human activities and culture (Carr, 2010, p. 14).

Throughout the book, Nicholas narrates on the effects of technology on most human activities. He recounts on the development of technology and how it was hitherto used as an intellectual tool prompting to make life better. In every chapter of the book, Carr discloses on the internet develops plastic brains to replace the literal brains.

In the ending chapter, he parlays about how the invention of the typewriter changed people's hand writings and how wristwatches made people efficient but caused them to respond more to body rhythms. He appreciates the fact that every form of technology invented made part of human life better while affecting it in the end. The internet causes humans to lose touch with the factual world since the human mind is now pressured to rely more on technology in all human aspects. In an opening statement, The Shallow reminds us that we can use technology in whichever way we please to reshape our lives (Carr, 2010, p. 27).

[...] Most people have thereby shunned away their natural social behavior and used the internet to socialize for them. In conclusion, getting rid of technology would be unachievable with all the new technological devices improving the speed at which we gain access to the internet. Therefore, one can only control the internet activities instead of the internet controlling human activities. Occasionally, people should unplug from the internet and carryout their activities the literal way. References Carr, N. (2010). The Shallows: What the Internet is really doing to our Brain. New York: W.W. Norton. [...]


[...] Carr's basis his argument on how the web has turned humans into distractible oafs. Additionally, Carr raises the issue of responsibility from the text. Through various researches conducted in the past, it is evident that one is responsible for their actions, brains, and not technology. By grouping the potential impacts of the internet and its solicitations on how we think, act and work, Nicholas provides a potent reminder on one's responsibility when using any technology. Carr builds his insights from other thinkers making a convincing case that every technology carries with it an intellectual ethic. [...]

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