Rough Type: Nicholas Carr

Editors Note: Each week, one or more students preview guest speakers for the class that follows. Since we are not meeting as a class this coming Monday in observance of the Presidents Day holiday, two students this week are posting the speakers they WISH were coming to class this week. Ya know, if we were actually meeting. – Clint

Nicholas Carr is this weeks (imaginary) speaker. He is a new media and tech expert who’s books include “Does IT Matter,” “The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google” and “The Shallows: What The Internet is Doing to our Brains.” His blog is called Rough Type and his website can be found here. In the summer of 2008 he published a well known and controversial article in the Atlantic called, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” in which he discusses possible negative changes the internet may be having on our brains, such as a decreased ability to focus.

I’d like to learn from Nicholas about what he believes to be the biggest changes the net has had on our species (both positive and negative) and what changes lay ahead. I’d like to learn about his ideas on the future of the net, what technology and information in general may “want,” and how the net and tech is evolving (and evolving us). I’d also like to know what some of his future projects may be and who he would like to work with.

Here are some good videos of Carr on the Colbert Report, Big Think and in a talk called Era of the Cloud.



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