Is The Article ' Is Google Making Us Stupid?

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For this assignment I have analyzed Nicholas Carr’s article titled ‘Is Google Making Us Stupid?’ and Clay Shirky’s rebuttal article titled ‘Why Abundance Is Good.’ First we analyze Carr’s article. Looking at this cloud the words ‘reading’ and ‘information’ jump off the screen. The two words appear the highest number of times in the article, 23 and 17 times respectively. Other words that appear frequently are ‘brain’. ‘Internet’, ‘new’ and ‘work’ which all appear 12 times. Looking at just these frequently appearing words, the words ‘internet’ and ‘new’ indicate that the article discusses the modern media, namely the Internet. Furthermore ‘information’, ‘reading’, ‘work’ and ‘brain’ seem to suggest this article discusses media and its link to information, work and mental ability. What we can’t know for certain just from this word cloud, is, what this link exactly may be. Another thing Voyant can do is, show its user the trend and frequency with which a specific word might appear over the length of the text. Looking at the trends for ‘reading’ and ‘information’ we can see that both appear frequently in the first third of the passage and from this information the user can hazard a guess as to what is the topic of discussion in that part of the passage. In this case it seems as if Carr might be writing about information and reading but once again, specifically what is in the text can’t be found from a simple word cloud. For that, Voyant has a context tool, which shows every single use of a specific word with a small part of the passage extracted every time the word has been used. This can be helpful to understand the text more deeply and get a more in-depth look at the use of the word. The word trends tool can be used to analyze the ... ... middle of paper ... ...anisational body from different time periods. The information attained can then be used to see changes in style of writing from one time period to another. Like all things, Voyant does have its cons as well. This tool only provides information regarding the most frequently appearing words and most of the times that is not enoght to paint the whole picture. In a text there might be some words which are essential to that text and important to the analyser, but if this word does not feature in the text frequently then Voyant would offer no information about this word and the analyser would not even know of this word being used in the text. Overall, Voyant is good to analyze large texts for patterns regarding frequently used words and comparative analysis of similar articles to see changes in style over a time period or different styles of writing by different authors.

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