The Shallows (2010, W. W. Norton & Company) 3 stars

"Is Google making us stupid?" When Nicholas Carr posed that question, in a celebrated Atlantic …

better/more interesting than I thought but still very much written by a white dude

3 stars

I generally enjoyed reading this and appreciated that libraries were given a pretty decent analysis, which is definitely not something you can say about all books in this general "reflective tech" genre. It is overwhelmingly based on the conclusions and musings of middle-aged white men - most egregiously in the beginning before we start to get into the meat of how Carr surmises the internet has changed our brains. But he has many good insights here about how the nature of how info is presented to us determines how we use it and what we get out of it. For my anecdatal $0.02, I think I probably succumbed to the shallowing effect 10-15 years ago but steadily have grown out of it, mostly by spending a lot more time reading books than I was at that time. Interesting to contrast the techlash of a decade ago - are we getting stupider online? - with the one of today - stop gobbling my data, plz.