When Nicholas Carr’s article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” hit newsstands in the July/August 2008 edition of The Atlantic, the reaction was predictably vociferous....
It has been four years since that particular tempest in a teacup, but it seems uncontentious to claim that these concerns still resonate.
If nothing else, there is certainly no shortage of evidence in favour of Carr’s observations that the internet is changing our relationship with information in some fairly profound ways.
In a study published in Science in 2011, US scientists claimed the internet has become a form of “external or transactive memory”, with information being stored outside ourselves.
In the face of this transition, the imperative to remember information has instead been replaced with the imperative to remember where information is located.