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Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Brain is Draining...

I've been reading this book by Nicholas Carr called The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.

Did you know that the very medium which we use to get information actually affects the structure of our brains? Fascinating stuff. Scary too.

I have a love/hate relationship with my computer right now. I would love to throw it right out the window. But I can't. It has become a necessary tool in my everyday life. I need it to keep in contact with certain people. I need it to write reviews that I've agreed to do. I need it to type up the kiddos' novels for National Novel Writing month. I need it to print out curriculum, to renew my library books, to get the co-op schedule. There are so many things I need and want to accomplish...and so many of them require me to be connected.

But, this great time-saver, this powerful tool, is also a time-waster, a distraction, capable of actually sucking knowledge and, quite possibly, good judgment from my brain. As much as I love the easy access to knowledge that the web affords, I'm beginning to doubt the value of that knowledge. And to cringe at the cost. I know that's a bit cryptic. Read the book (really). More on this at a later date at a more decent hour.

Disclosure: Nobody asked me to talk about this book, it's what I'm reading right now. Checked it out from the library. You can, too.

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