Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Narration: The Shallows: Prologue

"The Watchdog and the Thief"

“The medium is the message.” I have heard that many times, but never thought about what it meant until now. We usually debate content when a new medium arises— for instance, did the Internet usher in a “golden age of access” or a “dark age of mediocrity and narcissism”? Each of us has our side in that discussion.

Content does matter, but what we get out of a new technology has more to do with the technology itself than with the content. Media—and the Internet is no exception—tend to affect us at a basic physiological level. Mr. Carr will work with this assertion for the rest of the book.

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