Analysis: Is Google Making USupid

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Cashe’ Fann
Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Over the years, technology has thrived and became very popular. One of the most used technologies over the time is the Internet. Although, it is very popular many have noticed the effects that it has on our mind and the way we process new information. It’s a struggle to even deeply read an article that is more than a few pages for many that once was so very easy. Nicholas Carr is one of the many people that have noticed what the Internet is doing to us!
Nicholas Carr believes that Google is making us stupid, I totally agree with him! This article is appealing to me because it is a modern day problem and has a lot of controversy over the issue. I also chose this article because I too am a frequent user …show more content…

He also want to stir up the conversation about what the Internet effects in general. He uses the rhetorical appeal ethos in the article a lot to support his arguments. He used ethos in the article, when Carr included the media theorist Marshall McLuhan statement about the internet which explained how the media not only provides information, but also shape the process of thought. McLuhan made this statement in the 1960’s and we now see that this is true from research and many other professionals. We no longer fully read articles or stories we often “skim” and click the links to find what we are looking for. He often used past and present situations to describe the effect that Internet has had on people too. Carr used the metaphor “Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.” This metaphor perfectly described how his mind has changed and how he now reads compared to how he did in the …show more content…

He targets the younger generation because that is whom and will be mostly effected by the Internet and other technology. He immersed the audience in the article by speaking on text-messaging which is very popular for the younger generation. Carr admitted, that yes we might be reading more today than we did in the 1970’s and 1980’s, when the television was our medium, but it’s a different kind of reading, and has terrible effects on the way we think. Maryanne Wolf worries that the style of reading, might just be weakening our capacity for deep reading that emerged from earlier technology. She once said we tend to become “mere decoders of information.” The ability to interpret a piece of writing, and make connections remains disengaged because of this new way we are accustomed to reading called “skimming”. This is taking a huge toll on the younger

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