BOOK: Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.

Discussion on Carr’s Prologue, Chapter 2 and chapter 3. Answer the questions below…

1) What does “the medium is the message” mean? Try to get at this in your own words.

4) What does it mean when Carr says that maps “’advance the evolution of abstract thinking’ throughout society” (41)?

5) How does the invention of the clock change how the mind works? What kinds of changes does he mean exactly? What kinds of changes beyond what even Carr tells us?

6) In talking about intellectual technologies (44) we have to ask: what would it matter if the determinists were right? How would it make us understand (differently than we now do) our smart phones, tablets, laptops and more?