I've read two good articles lately that deal with information overload, and how our digital world is destroying our powers of concentration and reflection and replacing it with inattention and shallowness. Both articles have Google in the title, but they both go beyond simple Google-bashing (they're just using it as a catch phrase to grab our attention - how ironic). Both discuss the affects of this overload on our cognitive skills, with a particular focus on the younger generation.
Is Google Making Us Stupid? By Nicholas Carr, Atlantic Monthly July/August 2008
Stoooopid .... why the Google generation isn’t as smart as it thinks. By Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times, July 20, 2008