After reading technology writer, Nicholas Carr’s ‘The Shallows‘ I have decided that I would like to further explore how our cognitive thinking is being affected by the Web.
Carr’s article “Is Google making us stupid” is the foundation to his book. He discusses how our use of the Web is affecting our brains to be rewired but with negative effects. He touches upon NeuroScience and our Internet addiction causing us to have a shorter attention span and therefore not being able to concentrate on longer prose of text.
Cass Sunstein and Eli Pariser have coined the ideas of ‘filter technology’ and ‘filter bubbles’, respectively, and I believe that this type of terminology is derived from new online behaviours of people consuming information as short and snackable content. How can our opinions grow if they aren’t rooted in a depth of knowledge on a subject, but simply a skimmed read of a headline and a few comments by friends?