Carr's Rhetorical Analysis

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Carr opens up his argument with his personal struggle to focus on reading the text. Unlike the past when he enjoyed reading lengthy articles easily, he acknowledges that his mind constantly drifts away from the text and that he looks for something else to do. “I’ve been spending a lot of time online, searching and surfing and sometimes adding to the great databases of the Internet....Research that once required days in the stacks or periodical rooms of libraries can now be done in minutes… Even when I’m not working, I’m as likely as not to be foraging in the Web’s info-thickets”(Carr 348). He realizes that the increasing amount of time spending on the Internet has caused his intellectual pain. By exposing his personal experience and analyzing it, he successfully points out the issue he faces.
Carr cites traditional academic authorities in order to indicate that the Net has affected not only him, but also many people around the world. As people are …show more content…

He utilizes ethos, psychological evidence, and shared experiences of himself and authorities. Concluding his essay, he refutes Google’s glorification of technology and ambition for information by saying that the Google is trying to collect information about people and to feed them advertisement just for its economic interest. He also adds that there is a countertendency to deplore the development of technology. He cautiously shows his skepticism by arousing an image of the destruction of future human knowledge. In this digital age, people have seen many benefits of the Net, which made their browsing experience much faster and easier. With just one fingertip, they are opened to the access to any information sources they need. However, as he throws his question, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”, Carr suggests that this efficiency and immediacy make people lose their critical thinking skills and their proficiency at reading and

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