Is Google Making Us Stupid? Essay

1547 Words Sep 9th, 2016 7 Pages
An adroitly crafted piece of visual rhetoric, How to Engage a Google Brain appears as an argument that Google is literally hardwired-wired into the innermost neurons of the brain (Weinsg). Living in the United States in 2016, one grows up as a digital native; technology is introduced at a very young age as American society has become dependent upon its existence. If one fails to locate an answer to one’s question, one is commonly advised to “Google it!” or “Look it up on the Internet.” Do you have Google on the brain? That is exactly what Nicholas Carr would have you believe. In Nicholas Carr’s article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid? What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains” his awareness of his audience, understanding of the topic, and use of rhetorical strategies aid his argument that society’s accessibility to Google and other Internet databases has led to widespread cognitive decline. However, if Carr had researched his topic more thoroughly and broadened the scope of his audience, his article would appeal more to a larger audience. Carr’s argument begins before one reads his article’s first paragraph. The thought-provoking title, “Is Google Making Us Stupid? What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains,” immediately poses a question to the reader: “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Because Carr poses a simple open-ended question, one can assume that the answer to the aforementioned question is either yes or no. Further, one can deduce that the answer is yes because…

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