The Tyranny Of Choice

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“The Tyranny or Choice” by Barry Schwartz and “Is Google Making us Stupid” by Nicholas Carr may seem to be as dissimilar as any two essays could be, but they’re not. Both Schwartz and Carr write about the increase of available resources leading to decreased productivity. Carr talks about the abundance of information available at our fingertips and how it is really causing us to be lazy and decrease intelligence, whereas Schwartz speaks of the amount of choices we receive day to day and how the result of this is less joy for most people. Both pieces expose how ideas that seem so useful and productive can actually have the opposite effect.
In Schwartzs ' essay “The Tyranny of Choice” he gives numerous examples of how more isn 't always better.
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Carr suggests that instead it is actually decreasing our intelligence and it could even be putting stress on us because others feel we should be doing better with this immense amount of information so accessible. Carr talks about how our changes in technology have saved us so much time when it comes to doing research. He talks about how prior to the internet if he was looking for a quote or needed to research a topic it would require hours, sometimes even days at the library sifting through books until he found what he was looking for. "I think I know what’s going on. For more than a decade now, I’ve been spending a lot of time online, searching and surfing and sometimes adding to the great databases of the Internet. The Web has been a godsend to me as a writer. Research that once required days in the stacks or periodical rooms of libraries can now be done in minutes. A few Google searches, some quick clicks on hyperlinks, and I’ve got the telltale fact or pithy quote I was after." In current times we can do a quick search and find almost any information we could possibly think of, but with such easy access some of the information may not be as credible as it would be in books. The problem with the internet is it allows us to find so much information that we end up finding conflicting information from non-official sources. Carr talks about the stress that is put on students to try and compile an informative and accurate research paper with this new age of internet research. Although it is faster to create a good research paper it is harder. This once again relates back to the idea that Schwartz was also arguing, more isn 't always

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