We are HOW we read; Is Google making us stupid?

. . . “We are not only what we read,” says Maryanne Wolf, a developmental psychologist at Tufts University and the author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain. “We are how we read.” Wolf worries that the style of reading promoted by the Net, a style that puts “efficiency” and “immediacy” above all else, may be weakening our capacity for the kind of deep reading that emerged when an earlier technology, the printing press, made long and complex works of prose commonplace. When we read online, she says, we tend to become “mere decoders of information.” Our ability to interpret text, to make the rich mental connections that form when we read deeply and without distraction, remains largely disengaged. . .

Nicholas Carr July/August 2008 Atlantic Monthly: Is Google Making us Stupid?

[It’s a very interesting article.] (HT: Justin Taylor who also links to Robert Darnton’s essay, The Library in the New Age, published in the June 12, 2008 edition of The New York Review of Books (June 12, 2008). Al Mohler says: “Darnton’s article may well be the most sane and sensible essay yet written on the future of books and libraries in the digital future.”

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