The Washington Post published a review of Hamlet’s BlackBerry, reviewed jointly with the book The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr. Some media outlets have been pitting the books against each other like this, as if Carr and I were boxers in a winner-take-all prizefight.
But books are nothing like boxing. Luckily, there’s room in the world for all kinds of different books, and when a new one is added to the mix we’re all winners.
I haven’t read Carr’s book yet, but it sounds like he addresses some of the same questions I take on in Hamlet’s BlackBerry. I look forward to reading The Shallows.
Of my book, Post reviewer Jennifer Howard wrote:
“There’s more than a little comfort to be had from looking back and seeing that people did manage to cope with the new technologies that came their way, whether it was writing or printing or the telegraph of Thoreau’s time. For those who feel they really can’t live without their little glowing friends, Powers suggests it’s possible to be connected to the digital world and to something deeper as well.”
The full review is here.