Movement From Paper To Screen

Through reading the first six chapters of Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows, I have gained a new perspective on what the media is doing to society now, and even what it did when technology was first evolving. I feel that what is being discussed in the first chapter is extremely relevant to my life, and the life that most students live today. Carr acknowledges the opinion of Karp, a well-educated man who has a passion for writing, regarding technology and how it is impacting our minds. Carr tells us that “Karp has come to believe that reading lots of short, linked snippets online is a more efficient way to expand his mind than reading ‘250-page books’, though, he says, ‘we can’t yet recognize the superiority of this networked thinking process because we’re measuring it against our old linear thought process’” (Car 8). Reading text online of all different sorts has become a part of our daily lives. Using the internet teaches us new ways of thinking and learning each time we explore something new online.

Everything we do has transformed into a shortened version and our minds have been forced to adapt to this. For example, any post on Twitter can be no more than forty words, meaning posts for this class have to be abbreviated or made into a significantly shorter phrase than an idea may have started out as. For people who have grown up using these methods of technology and have not had to watch society change completely with the growth of technology, there is not as much to get used to because we don’t have an old thought process to measure against, like Karp described in the text.

There are now so many benefits of reading entire books online or through an electronic tool. I read an article online about the benefits of eBooks, which also instantly directed me to further articles just like what was mentioned in The Shallows. For those who are trying to help the environment, that is a huge way to make an impact by putting a stop to purchasing printed books. But from the standpoint of someone who genuinely just wants to grow as a reader, an eBook allows you to look more in depth at certain aspects of the text and often times you can look up a particular word that you are unsure about. Since an eBook has a direct correspondence to the internet, there are always ways to gain more information on a topic or sentence you are reading about.

Author: Allison H

I'm an English major and a journalism minor with a love for creative writing through social media.

4 thoughts on “Movement From Paper To Screen”

  1. Hmm. The E book thing interests me. Do you think there are certain things a physical book offers an E book can’t, similar to the way you’re saying E books offer other technologies?

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  2. I agree that it’s like we didn’t even realize what the internet was doing to us until we took a step back and thought about it. But the internet does have so many positive things about it. We can learn so much by a click of a button.

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  3. Like you both mentioned, I definitely feel that eBooks and printed books each offer their own unique qualities. It is important to be familiar with uses of the internet because our lives tend to revolve around it but we also can’t let the practice of reading printed books die, because is there still so much to learn and gain from reading a physical book.

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  4. Allison, I’m a little mad at myself, b/c I know I wrote a response to this earlier, but I seem somehow to have failed to post it. In any case, I really like how you suggest here that “The Internet” isn’t just this one thing that always works in the same way—that ebooks differ from text messages which differ online articles, etc. You actually hint, politely, that Carr’s argument may be too broad and sweeping. ~Joe

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