- For a thesis that describes declining attention spans, do you think that a book is an odd choice?
- Do you read books anymore? Is it worth your time?
- Early in chapter 1, the author writes that “in the long run a medium’s content matters less than the medium itself in influencing how we think and act.” Do you agree that the medium is the message, or do you think that content matters more?
- Do you think that networked thinking has an advantage over linear thought processes? Why or why not?
- What are your thoughts about the summary of research and data that the author presents regarding the encoding of short term memory into long term?
- What do you think about his digression into Hawthorn’s comments relative to Transcendentalism? Do you find this relevant, and why?
- Some authors have been adapting their writing style to their ADD audience. Tyler Cowen, for example, published a 15,000 word ebook that was only four chapters. Are the changes in writing style a feature or a bug?
- One of the things frequently mentioned during discussions of the kinds of changes the Internet is the death of newspapers and potentially journalism. Is this a bad thing? Is it worth trying to save? What features is the new system likely to have?
Questions taken from http://internetbookclub.wordpress.com/2011/07/31/the-shallows-what-the-internet-is-doing-to-our-brains/