Essay on Is Google Making Us Stupid?

954 Words Sep 20th, 2016 4 Pages
In a world filled with many new technologies and innovations that try to make everyday life easier, there are bound to be downfalls. In the essay Is Google Making Us Stupid? by Nicholas Carr he points out Google is not actually making people stupid, it is just making people forget the traditional sense of reading which in turn is causing the lack of attention in today’s world compared to when there were no computers, internet, or Google present. To back up his argument Nicholas Carr incorporates many devices to entice the audience, and to get them to agree with his viewpoint. He uses devices such as pathos, and logos, ethos to make an effective and interesting read. Carr blends in the use of pathos by instilling fear in the audience. An example is when Carr mentions how the internet could transform humanity into “pancake people” (Carr 34). The author is saying that we’d become dependent on the internet and our computers to the point where our minds no longer require us to remember details. Another example is when Carr starts off with an example from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odysseys “I can feel it; I can feel it” (Carr 1). Here Carr is trying to emulate the shortning distance between man and machine. Carr later on goes on to write about how he can feel it too, “I’m not thinking the way I used to think” (Carr 2). The author feels what the Net seems to be doing is chipping away at the capacity for concentration and contemplation. This is shown when he states, “The Net…

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