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The Shallows (book)

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The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
AuthorNicholas G. Carr
PublisherW. W. Norton & Company
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Media typePrint (Hardback)

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, published in the United Kingdom as The Shallows: How the Internet Is Changing the Way We Think, Read and Remember, is a 2010 book by the American journalist Nicholas G. Carr. Published by W. W. Norton & Company, the book expands on the themes first raised in "Is Google Making Us Stupid?", Carr's 2008 essay in The Atlantic, and explores the effects of the Internet on the brain. The book claims research shows "online reading" yields lower comprehension than reading a printed page.[1] The Shallows was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction.[2][3]


The band I Like Trains released a 2012 concept album, The Shallows, influenced by the book.[4]

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  1. ^ "'The Shallows': This Is Your Brain Online". NPR.org. June 2, 2010.
  2. ^ Tenner, E. (2010). No Brainer? The Wilson Quarterly, 34(4): 92-95. (subscription required)
  3. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes - Finalists". Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  4. ^ Simon Jay Catling (May 11, 2012). "Reviews I Like Trains THE SHALLOWS". The Quietus. Retrieved February 11, 2016.

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