This article in The Atlantic Monthly (July/Aug. 2008) expands on a question that I picked up at the CLA conference: Is the Internet changing the way we think and read? I’ve heard speakers extol the virtues of the immediacy and currency of information on the Internet but also add cryptically that the Internet is changing how our brains process information. Others have expressed concern that the skill for absorbing and interpreting the content of "long-form reading" is being eroded while we increasingly scan snippets of information– "power browse"– and look for quick answers (quick fixes?). Exploring this issue further will require more delving into the topics I’ve raised elsewhere on my blog: information literacy, education, neuroplasticity, and information theory.
Is Google making us stupid? By Nicholas Carr