Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Is Google making us stupid?

Nicholas Carr begins his thought-provoking article by reminding us of the touching scene in Stanley Kubrick's file "2001" where HAL (the super computer) is gradually unplugged by the hero, and blurts "Dave, my mind is going, I can feel it. I can feel it".
Is something of the same happening to us today? Have we forgotten how to read? We know for instance from the CIBER report, that students power browse (and so do I).
The article is a good read, but teachers of reading (and librarians) will know that there has always been different types of reading (e.g. skimming). As they say "we need more research" to convince us that the Google generation not only doesn't read but can't read. Comments???

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