Is Google Making USupid? What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains By Nicholas Carr

The brain has the ability to reprogram itself on the fly, altering the way it functions" (Carr 60). While reading Nicholas Carr 's article "Is Google Making Us Stupid? What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains", one may feel they have taken a seat on the most intellectual and fascinating roller coaster. In the 2008 article published in the Atlantic, Carr effectively explains not only what an obsessive amount of surfing the web is progressively doing to our lives but in our lives. He does an exceptional job at delivering his findings to the audience without overly complicating it. While Carr establishes a solid foundation for his article he strengthens his position by using a great deal of evidence, intense language, and providing relatable information. …show more content…
When he uses Maryanne Wolf 's quote "We are not only what we read.... We are how we read" (Carr 58). It begins to get the reader thinking about their own reading habits and how they may be affected by their internet usage. One may not remember that specific thought but the idea is still in the back of their mind. Carr ends his article with "... it is our own intelligence that flattens into artificial intelligence" (Carr 63). Meaning that glueing ourselves to a computer screen is more harmful to us than good. We prohibit ourselves from seeing our real potential or intelligence by automatically going to Google to get an answer in seconds. Carr is trying to say how are we learning anything if we automatically get the answer in two seconds, instead of taking the time to actually read a detailed book or lengthy article. Besides the ideas and people he uses, he uses a wide vocabulary. Carr uses words and phrases that at first glance one may not understand but it positively reflect on his own work. He also has a tendency when presenting a new idea to make it relatable to the …show more content…
The primary purpose of this essay was to inform the audience of the effects of technology with reference from the past as well as today 's developing effects. Carr wants the audience to begin thinking about just how the use of technology could be affecting them. Affecting their concentration, learning skills, and even changing the one may be thinking. In order for Carr to effectively relay this message he had to know what he was talking about thoroughly, which was accomplished by using all types of types. He also had to speak to the audience in a way that showed he was qualified enough to speak in this topic. Lastly, he had to make the information relatable because no one wants to read a lengthy article they can 't relate to. From this article one should know that there are negative effects to overusing the Internet as opposed to just simply picking up a book. In all Nicholas Carr does an exceptional job at educating his audience on the effects of the Internet. Throughout his essay he easily engages the reader without coming off as overbearing, ambiguous, nor does he weaken his argument. As a whole this essay was great and should be highly recommended to all users of the Internet. It is very informative, well-developed, and just a good read to get one 's mind thinking about their internet

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