Cognitive Surplus and The Shallows

I am cur­rently read­ing Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky. I’m about a third of the way through it, and I hope to post a few thoughts here when I have time to set them in electrons.

Book CoversI also bought The Shallows by Nicholas Carr, which I will read imme­di­ately after Shirky’s book. I imag­ine that I will be some­what more angry after read­ing Carr, but that’s gen­er­ally how I feel after read­ing some­thing he’s writ­ten about the Internet. I expect it from him.

You can credit Nieman Journalism Lab with get­ting me to buy Carr’s book. On the lab blog, Matthew Battles is writ­ing ongo­ing reviews of both books as he reads them (in five parts, as of this writ­ing — 1 2 3 4 5) Battles has inspired me to do my own “reviews” — or at least thought­ful write-ups. I hope this will get me back into an aca­d­e­mic frame of mind; since leav­ing grad school, that sort of deep ana­lytic read­ing and writ­ing has fallen by the wayside.

I should also men­tion that I bought both of these books not on paper but in iBooks. This will be my first seri­ous expe­ri­ence in read­ing a book entirely in an elec­tronic for­mat. I’ll share some thoughts on that as I go along too. So far, so good.

(The above image is bor­rowed respect­fully from the Nieman Journalism Lab.)