Criticism and Skepticism

I am not going to be cryptic here and say anything subtly; I dislike Nicholas Carr. His entire book feels like a Yahoo article to me, which I hate, and is extremely sensationalistic in attempts to pick up my, as he would put it, crappy attention span. His writing feels like it is being shot down on me from a high horse, and that kind of condescending tone makes me even more prone to disagree with him. Everything is redundant, verbose, and even circular. There are constant research studies being used as examples, which is good for credibility, but sometimes these studies are being conducted by some obscure college or university and they don’t even make sense to me what they are trying to prove. Carr seems to me to be someone who loves the ink of his own writing, so to speak. His diatribes against technology is muddled with his praise for it, and while he points out the major flaws of the technological era, there is no better option offered to do what it is that we need to do, as well as want. In Chapter 7: The Juggler’s Brain, he goes on and on about how we are spreading our attention too thinly, there is no reason to go on for that many pages about the same thing, and he is very assumptive that the numbers he offers means one thing. He uses the internet times on a page to show our lack of focus; could it not just mean that we are using the internet to fill our time with visuals? or even out of boredom? Think about it, if we didn’t have the internet available and we were bored, would you really whip out a book on the spot and read it every time? I doubt it. He fails to address the fact that we are the customers and that the internet is here to provide us exactly what we want, so if it has evolved into what it is now, it is only because that is exactly what the customers, in this case humanity, has wanted it to become. If we seemingly more scatter-brained as a result of the internet, it is only because we prefer to have or minds racing everywhere and it has also been such. Also, every chapter is essentially the same message.

That being said, he sensationalistic writing does offer some entertainment and his work is noble and well intentioned, I just personally have a problem with his long-winded arguments; hiring a more efficient editor would suffice.

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3 comments on “Criticism and Skepticism

  1. As much as I hate to admit it, I have to agree with you, Alex. I like when you said, “He fails to address the fact that we are the customers and that the internet is here to provide us exactly what we want, so if it has evolved into what it is now, it is only because that is exactly what the customers, in this case humanity, has wanted it to become” because it is 100% true. The only people we can really blame for the internet and technology becoming so popular is ourselves. I definitely enjoyed reading what Carr had to say and I definitely agreed with most of it, but in this case, you win.

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