May 9, 2021

Nicholas Carr | The Digital Shift

Nicholas Carr is a journalist, cultural and technology commentator, and professional skeptic on issues of the Internet, social media, and the potential consequences of our love affair with technological progress. A 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist, he has written numerous articles, essays, contributions to his blog Rough Type, and five books, including The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains and a recent collection of pieces from 2005–15, Utopia Is Creepy: And Other Provocations (both Norton). Carr will be the opening keynote speaker at LJ and School Library Journal’s virtual conference The Digital Shift, on October 19.

AASL Conference 2011: Taking on Nicholas Carr

An opening address by Nicholas Carr, best-selling author of “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains,” sparked a flurry of tweets at the AASL conference in Minneapolis, MN. Attendees–and some via Twitter–disagreed with the premise that technology, among other things, obviates critical thinking.