Thursday, November 15
Clara Thompson Hall
Nicholas Carr examines the growing influence of digital media on the way we think, read and communicate. Placing the Internet in a historical context, he argues that every medium carries an intellectual ethic, which serves to emphasize some ways of thinking and deemphasize others. The Net encourages the fast-paced collection of small bits of information but discourages the kinds of attentive, contemplative habits of mind that are essential to rich conceptual and critical thinking.
Nicholas Carr is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated bestseller, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, and former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review. His writings—including Does IT Matter?: Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage; The Big Switch: Rewiring the World from Edison to Google, as well as numerous articles in The New York Times, Boston Globe and Wired—are highly acclaimed and influential in the business world. Nicholas is also a commentator on CNBC, CNN, and a featured speaker at worldwide forums.