My friend Mike Ho is more of a skeptic than I am when it comes to the effect of the Web on our culture and our minds. Because I’m busy this month—aren’t we all?—I’m hoping to marshal some readers to contribute to the discussion I joined on Mike’s blog Concrete. Mike points to a new book by Nicholas Carr, who argues that we’re becoming intellectually shallow, that we’re incapable of serious study and critical thought when confronted with the Web’s myriad distractions. I disagree. I’d prefer to see things the way Daniel Pink, Steven Pinker, and Clay Shirky do: the Internet facilitates productivity, collaboration, and creativity, as well as learning, the benefits of which we’re only beginning to realize.
There are valid arguments on both sides. What do you think?
Join the discussion at Concrete, where Mike will make you jump through a hoop or two to register on his site, or post your comment below. Mike can always link back to Treated & Released.