Spotted on p.65 of “Crowds; a moving-picture of democracy“(1913) by Gerald Stanley Lee:
“We are not only inventing new machines, but our new machines have turned upon us and are creating new men. The telephone changes the structure of the brain. Men live in wider distances, and think in larger figures, and become eligible to nobler and wider motives.”
The author seems to have a somewhat more upbeat view of affairs than Nick Carr but still….