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Is the internet making us stupid? Have we become a generation of compulsive clickers? Are we skating on the surface of things, rather than delving deeply into them? And are we addicted to that cat video on YouTube?
Nicholas Carr, an influential American technology writer, thinks so. Two years ago, he wrote an essay for the Atlantic Monthly magazine titled "Is Google making us stupid?"
Now, he has expanded on his thesis in The Shallows: How the Internet is Changing the Way We Think, Read and Remember, a book which has already taken America by storm and was published on this side of the Atlantic this week.