KPFA Radio 94.1FM presents NICHOLAS CARR, THE SHALLOWS: "What the Internet Is Doing To Our Brains" Thursday, June 24, 2010, 7:30 pm The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley $10 advance tickets: brownpapertickets.com :: 800-838-3006 or: Pegasus Books, Pendragon, Mrs. Dalloway's, Moe's, Walden Pond, DIESEL, A Bookstore, and Modern Times $12 door ($6 HSC members) Nicholas Carr understands the overwhelming changes we're all experiencing due to the new electronic media and the omnipresent Internet. His explosive Atlantic cover story "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" charged that the ever-increasing amount of time we spend online is eroding our capacity to read carefully and think critically. This set off the raging national debate that is the basis of "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains" - a probing exploration of exactly how the Internet is rewiring our synapses and dangerously upending our cultural priorities. Former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review, Carr is the author of The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google and Does IT Matter?: Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage. He is also a regular contributor to the New York Times, the Guardian, Wired, and the Financial Times. Nicholas Carr carefully examines the most important topic in contemporary culture- The mental and social transformation created by our new electronic environment. Without ever losing sight of the larger questions at stake, he calmly demolishes the Clichés that hace dominated discussions about the Internet. Witty, ambitious, And immensely readable, The Shallows actually manages to describe the weird new Artificial world in which we now live." - Dana Gioia, former chairman/National Endowment for the Arts Welcome to the shallows, where the uneducating of homo sapiens begins. Carr does a wonderful job synthesizing the recent cognitive research. In doing so, he gently refutes the ideologists of progress and shows what is really at stake ... the reconstitution of our minds. What emerges...inexorably, is the suspicion that we have well and truly screwed ourselves. - Matthew B. Crawford This is a KPFA benefit.