This article attempts to assess the impact of the internet on attention span in response to Nicholas Carr’s article in The Atlantic, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Carr argued that he used to be able to follow lengthy articles or narratives, but now he finds his mind wandering after a few pages. To judge Carr’s claim, The Pew Internet & American Life Project polled 895 Internet experts. Respondents were nearly unanimous in agreeing that new technologies were activating different parts of the brain but this was not necessarily “bad,” just “different.” Many agreed that authors would move away from longer to shorter texts. Kluth of The Economist said, “This will result in a resurgence of short-form texts and storytelling, in ‘haiku culture’ replacing ‘book culture.’” Some also expressed concern that writers will not produce lasting texts, just “throw-away” texts like SMS and blogs.
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