The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to our Brains by Nicolas Carr
Carr made a splash with his 2008 Atlantic Monthly Article "Is Google Making us Stupid?" His book continues the theme and explores the ways that our constant connection to a digital flood of information is changing how we think and process ideas. Carr describes the loss of the ability for deep sustained thought.
Thanks to Mireille Rabate for the suggestion of this book as the first in our "One School, One Book" program. There will be opportunities to discuss this book later in the year. The high school library has copies of The Shallows available on kindles and in print. So come check it out and see for yourself if you agree with Carr's arguments.
And for another perspective:
Review from NYT written by Jonah Lehrer, author of Proust Was a Neuroscientist (also available in the high school library)
Review on Slate