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Technology writer Nicholas Carr’s buzzworthy new book, “The Shallows,’’ marshalls recent research to show, essentially, that Birkerts was right. The Internet works on our brains in such a way that we are in danger of losing our capacity for deep, sustained reading and thought — along with all the cognitive benefits. The Gutenberg mind is morphing into the Google mind.
“The Shallows’’ grew from a splashy 2008 Atlantic cover story titled “Is Google Making Us Stupid?’’ Sadly, though, what originated as a provocative and important magazine article has become an unsatisfying book. Yet Carr’s central point remains provocative and urgent, and it’s worth a serious look.