August 22, 2012
Nicholas Carr's most recent book, 'The Shallows,' is a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist. In it, he asks the question, 'Is Google making us stupid?' and taps into a well of anxiety about how the internet is changing us. The 'San Francisco Chronicle' calls the book 'an ode to a quieter, less frenetic time when reading was more than skimming and thought was more than mere recitation.'
"Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words," Nicholas Carr writes in The Shallows. "Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski."
In his Pulitzer Prize finalist book, Carr says the surfing, skimming, scrolling and rapid-fire page changes enabled by hyperlinks on the Web have changed the way our brains function.
He points to the latest research to show that the internet is fostering ignorance -- literally re-wiring our brains -- resulting in only superficial understanding of issues and topics.
In the prologue to his book, Carr argues that the medium's content, i.e., the information we glean from the internet, matters less than the medium itself (how the technology works) in influencing how we think and act.
"Carr provides a deep, enlightening examination of how the Internet influences the brain and its neural pathways ... His fantastic investigation of the effect of the Internet on our neurological selves concludes with a very humanistic petition for balancing our human and computer interactions..."
"Carr reveals why we're suddenly having a hard time focusing at length on any given thing, and why we compulsively check our email accounts and Twitter feeds and never seem to be able to get our work done... He wants us to value wisdom over knowledge, and to use new technology intelligently."
Join us for this fascinating discussion based on Carr's heralded book. The event is free and open to the public!
No tickets are required for this event. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis (maximum capacity of 500 people). A book signing and sales will follow the program.
Carr is also the author of two other influential books, The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google (2008) and Does IT Matter? (2004). His books have been translated into more than 20 languages.
He is a former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review, a regular contributor to the The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Guardian, Wired, and The Financial Times, and maintains a blog at www.roughtype.com.
This is part of a series of free author evenings sponsored by Friends of the CSU Libraries, the Poudre River Friends of the Library, KUNC Radio, and Hilton Fort Collins.
Contact: Jane Barber
Phone: (970) 491-5712