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Nicholas Carr - Google making us stupid

I finally had time to read this article in the Atlantic Monthly, read it here. It's definitely thought-provoking. However, for the husband of a neuro-etologist, it is not convincing at all.

In fact, the first thought that went through my mind was that Carr was suffering from stress related psychological illness that has simply impaired his ability to focus. That has as much to do with modern life as Google. Or invoking Henry Ford, substitute conveyor belt with Google, and factory worker's station with armchair (or desk) -> inhuman conditions from which one needs to take a break. Get out of your armchair Carr!

The worst thing about Carr's argument is that he begins by being quite precise with his qualification of "I and some others" ... but by the end of the article he speaks of "us/we" as though he spoke for all humanity. What he fails to see is the basic illiteracy of many of "us". Illiteracy is endemic at the bottom of the pyramid, that means some 4 billion people are just barely literate and have never read anything longer than this blog post. They stand to benefit tremendously from Google's service.

Posted: June 26th 2009 10:11

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