Is Google Making USupid By Nicholas Carr

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Automation will eventually be the cause for loss of human ability.” These were the words written by Nicholas Carr in his article, Is Google Making Us Stupid, published for The Atlantic 2008 monthly cover. He begins writing with a quote from 2001: A Space Odyssey movie to connect to the pathos level of HAL, the supercomputer, losing its mind. This connection gave the audience a good sense of imagery on how the author feels about the internet being responsible for his lack of concentration. He also uses anecdotes, statistics, and other examples to show the internet is changing the way we think and behave. Throughout the article, Carr successfully is able to persuade the audience with factual evidence supporting his claim to the proposed rhetorical …show more content…
The internet has become the central hub for information for almost anything. Carr talks about how people’s ability to read long pieces of text, and doing research has been altered ever since the internet has existed. The internet has become many peoples go-to whenever they need information. No matter how much knowledge the internet offers, it dulls peoples brain to learn at the same time. Carr starts off the article by talking about how he can’t focus on reading as much anymore. A feeling that something has been tinkering with his brain; preprogramming his memory. He goes on to tell the audience that the text on the web is supposed to be fast and profitable. He describes how the internet is affecting our thinking skills and degrading our attention spans in the process. People start to think less and depend more on speedy facts instead of doing critical thinking and hardcore research. He also explains how peoples brain is malleable and it can be dramatically changed by the impression of the internet …show more content…
The use of examples from other writers helps to strengthen his argument and show the reader the effects of the internet with prominent resources. A good example Carr talks about is other writers like himself that have also stopped reading like they would in the past before the internet. Online media impact human reading behavior negatively. The use of hyperlinks can distract readers (Hooer and Herath 3). Carr states that one of the case studies, he gained information from had said, “It is clear that users are not reading online in the traditional sense; … “reading” are emerging as “power browse” horizontally through titles, contents pages”(54). The way people read now has changed. Due to the advancement of the internet, people are more like to skim only content and abstract pages causing them to lose focus rapidly. Furthermore, Carr introduces Bruce Friedman, who is a blogger and writes about the use of computers in medicine. Friedman states, “I now have almost totally lost the ability to read and absorb a longish article on the web or in print” (Carr 54). Carr expresses how significantly the internet has changed the way he thinks, and other bloggers who also feel the same way. Another example of logos that can be seen is when, Maryanne Wolf, explains how text messaging and cell phones is experiencing a different

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