This book is effective in describing and ascribing our motives in accepting automation in our lives - it simplifies our life but also alienates us from the real meaning of the efforts involved in doing things. One is reminded of the statement somewhere in the Marshall McLuhan ouevre concerning the need to maintain the natural ratio or connection between effort and outcome. Carr describes the alienation of flybywire airline pilots, who over-react sometimes fatally during emergencies because they are too remote from the actual needs for instant responsiveness when flying. I haven't read all the Malcolm ______ books, (Blink and suchlike) but got a similar vibe from those I have read. He has bad news for all of us using computers to work with - we should expect further alienation.