I’m not thinking the way I used I think. I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading.” (Carr 557). This is an effective use of pathos because it draws the reader to question whether or not their way of thinking is changing as well. Carr is trying to create this connection, so the audience feels exactly what he is feeling and is successful at doing so.
In today’s society, technology plays a very important role in its ability to function, it helps people find information, communicate with others far away and provides entertainment. In “Fahrenheit 451”, a book written by Ray Bradbury, a dystopian future where books have been made illegal is presented. In the article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr, raises many questions about technology and its effects on society. It’s quite evident that we have become quite dependent on technology due to our overconsumption of it.
Steven Pinker wrote “Mind over Mass Media” which tells of this claim is more false than true. Pinker reminds us that if technology was actually making us more stupid, then how are we scientifically better than ever before. Critics are believing that the mind is being shaped by everything it is seeing and hearing. The only problem here is the lack of self control people have when it comes to the distracting parts of the internet we use so often. People tend to find themselves reading tweets instead of articles now.
Rhetorical Analysis In the article “Is Google Making us Stupid?”, author Nicholas Carr expresses his idea that the internet is taking over society and our thinking process. Google is affecting our abilities to read books, longer articles, and even older writings. Carr believes that we have become so accustomed to the ways of the internet, and we are relying on Google 's ability to sort through the details for us so we don 't have to, in order to get the information we find necessary more efficiently. He finds that this process has become almost too handy, and that it is corrupting us from becoming better educated.
Throughout his article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” he feels that “the deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle” due to the rise of the internet (1). Carr assumes that the Internet has debilitated human’s critical thinking. His attempts through logos can be seen throughout the article as he provides many excerpts from books to prove there are people that share similar experiences as he. However, not only is Carr wrong but he misreads his evidence. Rather than supporting his own argument, the information he provides to the audience focuses more on how distractions have led to a decline in critical thinking.
Nicholas Carr's argument against the internet was very strong, and it persuaded me. It is very difficult for me to go against his opinion. I agree that the internet is changing us, but not in ways we think. There are long-term effects of using the internet as often as we do. He states that the internet is changing the way our brains function such as having a shorter attention span, negatively changing the way we critically think, and negatively changing our reading skills.
However social media can have a negative impact on the quality of our lives. Despite the fact that experts say that digital media helps us because it may enhance time management skills; increase efficiency or social relations; and may even improve sanguinity and self-esteem, as well as knowledge, the truth is that social media is degrading the value we place on actual relationships and thus is destroying real communication. Social media is seen as a metaphor for real life according to Sherry Turkle, a professor at MIT. We are brainwashed into thinking it will better our lives by making us happier and making communication easier but we are also aware that we cannot depend on such trivial things to make us truly happy.
Technology is vastly changing how people communicate and interact with each other that some fear it may be changing humanity for the worse. Whether technology users are interrelating with loved ones or acquaintances and bosses, many people, especially the Millennials, prefer an always-connected life in the digital world. Two authors explore the manifestations of new communication practices through technology. In “Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other,” Sherry Turkle describes how technology creates a paradox- easy human connections as well as easy disconnections. Ian Frazier explores the same social disengagements due to technology in “Dearly Disconnected.”
However, does all this new technology really benefit us? Will we allow technology to overtake our world? We can already see the ramifications of so much technology. Adults and children have become stagnate which is affecting their health. On the other hand we can also see all the good technology can do.
Mostly because sometimes the internet is kind of like there safe place, where they can be themselves without being judged. These are all the reason that I think that the internet has brought people
Nicholas Carr argues in his article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” that the internet is changing the way we think and work for the worst. Many people disagree with this argument, and I think the internet is changing us, for the better. The internet has become a great resource in terms of education. It has allowed for communicating across the world intercultural experiences that used to be impossible. Lastly the the younger generation has grown up with the internet and is better suited for using it.
"Is Google Making Us Stupid?" In his article “Is Google Making Us Stupid”, Nicholas Carr, an author and writer, tries to explain what the internet is doing to the human brain. According to Carr, it is no longer easy to read a book or a lengthy article because the internet has changed the way his brain and memory works. The author acknowledges that while the internet has made research and easy, it reduces the human capacity for concentration and contemplation.
Have you ever started to write an essay with at least 5 different tabs open unrelated to the subject matter? Nicolas Carr argues in his article “Is Google Making Us Stupid” that the internet is changing our way of thinking for the worst. In many ways this statement is point of view is purely untrue. For starters,, it makes easy communication across the world simpler. Second, the internet makes access to important info that we would have never known much easier.
The idea that we will use what we learn from the virtual world about ourselves, about our identity, to live better lives in the real world seems ideal. However, these technologies have been used as tools of exploitation, which has baited us into a make-believe life, as we are slowly being pulled away from a sense of who we are and what really matters. People are practically attached to their smartphones because its multi-purpose features make life seem easier. Our desire not to miss out on anything that might be happening with friends, celebrities, and even trends on social media has fueled this tech addiction. In the novel “Feed” by M.T Anderson, Anderson describes a dystopian future in which most of society is completely superficial, uneducated and influenced by consumerism.
I say this because of the advancement in technology. If a person is not sure what to do in a situation they may look to the internet to find out what others in a similar situation has done. Or maybe the listener needs more convincing because the beliefs that they previously had have been embedded and the chances of them converting to their way of thinking. I also think that Ethos has a big part in whether or not the audience will be completely receptive to the speaker. Now I believe the average person is not trusting of strangers.