I'm working on a book right now, so now that I've discovered this firehose of media information flowing at me, I actually need to find software to interrupt that. A grad student told me about a life-changing piece of freeware at a wedding called Freedom. Basically, it will shut off your Internet connection for a number of minutes you specify. I usually wake up, I read my RSS inbox, and then I turn on Freedom for two hours and attempt to go through some books for stuff I'm working on for my book, write 1000 words, do some concentrated thinking, or try to craft some prose. I disagree with Nick Carr's book in some parts, but it seems undeniable that the Internet is having bad effects on our concentration. One of the interesting things about writing a book is trying to read through academic books that aren't that gripping, like Weber (who is a great writer, but it's not Moneyball). Forcing myself to read through a long, somewhat dense book is exercising such an atrophied muscle in my brain.
Posted by: chargeorge | August 20, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse