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Malcolm Gladwell's Small Change: People Are Uncomfortable With Internet Technology

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People are uncomfortable with internet technology. In his essay, Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted, Malcolm Gladwell states the rise of technology and social media use in our society leads to less effort being expended on important causes. Nicholas Carr continues Gladwell’s opinion of the deterioration that the internet causes. In his essay Is Google Making Us Stupid he quotes Richard Foreman saying “we risk becoming ‘pancake people’ spread wide and thin,” and implies the internet is an unnecessary crutch that weakens us. Though not everyone is under the impression that the internet causes an intellectual deterioration, some are concerned it helps dangerous causes. In the article, “Terror on Twitter,”
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Gladwell says that the difference between these two eras is that activism is less accountable. Back then, movements and causes spread like wildfire, and people who join feel personally involved in the furthering of their cause. With the internet, people spread the accountability among their fellow activists. For instance, there is no accountability if they don’t show up to a rally or protest. The lack of effort that results in more people joining a cause, could be called could be called “teamwork effect,” which Gladwell holds in high disregard. However at the same time of this “teamwork effect,” there are more people informed about movements than before. People who may never have been aware of a movement’s cause can now be made aware. During the 1960s people did not have the same access to information as they do today. This alone leads to more support and awareness which negates any concerns Gladwell has about social media accountability. Now there are more people, and also more power in current movements than there is in the…show more content…
Like Gladwell, Nicholas Carr believes the internet has negative effects. In his article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid”, Carr attempts to show as the internet becomes our primary source of information, it diminishes the ability to read books and extensive research. Carr goes on to give a very well researched account of how text on the internet is designed make browsing fast and profitable. He describes how the design for skimming affects our thinking skills and attention spans. He wraps up his argument by describing what we are losing in the shift toward using the internet as our main information source. Carr suggests the learning process that occurs in extensive research and through reading is lost. While the learning process can be beneficial to scholars and intellectuals, not everyone has the capability to follow through with it. The internet offers an education that anyone can have access to and understand. Also if Carr believes the learning process is better, this option is always available for people who want to learn according to this scholarly principal. However, for the rest of the population the quick and easy access has allowed the average population to become more educated, and to expose themselves to aspects of academia that previously is reserved for
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