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Guest on Colbert Report: The Internet is Making You Stoopid

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Posted on July 2 2010 9:00 am
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So, like, this dude, Nicholas Carr was on The Colbert Report whose last name reminds me that Transformers 2 totally sucked, and hey, did you know that Megan Fox isn’t going to be in the next one? Yeah, that’s what happens when you diss your director. Hey, did you see Nicholas Carr on The Colbert Report?

Carr’s new book, The Shallows, makes the case that the “Internets” is transforming our brains on the cellular level and is making us stupid and inattentive. Hey Carr, it’s not that we’re inattentive, it’s just that everything in this dreaded world is boring!

Basically, he says it is causing us to have short attention spans and to think we’re great at multitasking when we aren’t.

Watch the video below because I can’t remember anything he said. I was too busy cutting my nails while making my new iPod mix and texting and trying to count how many dog hairs are on my chair.

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Nicholas Carr
www.colbertnation.com
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Fox News

Carr’s thesis reinforces a point I just made about the Internet’s affect on our political culture. We’re becoming so used to quickly doing everything on the Internet that we are impatient and frustrated when everything else, including government or simple conversation, doesn’t also move at a lightning fast speed. And this will affect everything, including classrooms, for example.

I’ve long felt that classes, especially in college, go so long that daydreaming for long periods becomes inevitable. I have found myself retaining a lot more from shorter classes, presentations, YouTube videos, etc. than long lectures. I’ve found myself working far better in an online classroom environment because I “attend” when I can feel that my brain is ready for it, and when it starts sputtering, I can take a break and come back full force.

So, Carr’s overall point about the Internet making our attention spans shorten might be correct, but I think our ability to process and retain information in those shorter periods of time is greatly enhanced. All hail the Internet!

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