“Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.” Nicholas Carr has written a wonderful article — Is Google Making Us Stupid? — on how consuming content online may be imparing our ability to concentrate. Much of it resonated with me: skimming instead of reading, terrible trouble focusing, the books I love so much now abandoned. Wow. Nice to know I’m not alone. Also ironic, given that for years I’ve been helping folks write for online media — emphasizing always that users don’t read, they skim (thanks, Jakob Nielsen… uh… I think).

Disclaimer: I was not able to read the whole article before I was compelled to stop and write this post. And check my email. Twice. So, for now, I can vouch only that the beginning is wonderful.


  1. Christine
    July 14, 2008

    It appears that Mark Bauerlein’s new book — The Dumbest Generation — also deals with the the net and reading, with a focus on youth. See the LA Times book review at http://www.latimes.com/features/books/la-et-book5-2008jul05,0,3980465.story.

  2. Meir
    December 9, 2008

    haha..soo true