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Technology is upon us: Each month, earthlings make 88 billion Google searches and spend 700 billion minutes on Facebook; and tweet and/or watch other people's tweets at dizzying escalating rates. In the wail of technological changes, critics have widely voiced fears that the Internet age is dumbing us down. Wired journalist Clive Thompson steps into the fray with a distinctly different opinion. First, he notes that there is a longstanding pattern in responding to new thinking tools by freaking out; a pattern that began even before the printing press. Then, with example after example, he describes breakthroughs accomplished by men and women using new technologies to solve problems and gain new knowledge of how we can learn better. A fascinating, upbeat study of an unavoidable subject. Editor's recommendation.