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. Carr writes quite a lengthy article to support his opinion.
Technological Influences Lead to Uncertainty Is Google making us stupid? Or is our stupidity making us Google? These questions are largely debated due to society's shift towards technological dependence. Computers and all forms of digital products swarm the markets, leaving buyers eager to purchase the newest product; yet ones understanding of the world is mediated by a glaring screen. However, Carr aims to solely inform society of the effects on this shift on our attention span, ability to communicate, and thinking process though the utilization of logos, ethos, and pathos.
The writer establishes a direct tone to readers that the way people think is changing due to the Internet. The brain is not the straightforward machine it once was thought to be; it is actually quite flexible. different regions of the brain are associated with different mental functions, but the cellular components do not form permanent structures or play rigid roles. The brain is able to change with experiences, circumstances, and needs so now that the Internet is so influential today the way people think is often changed. Today even the Internet is an extension of the human will.
Friends? Reading was, at best, only a chore. I needed to look up whole paragraphs of words in a dictionary” (2). In this quote, he questions how does reading and learning go together in order for a person to be smart, it also shows a little of confusion. He also states “Sees strewn around, and reads regularly himself, magazines which are never mentioned at school, which seem not to belong to the world to which the school introduces him; at school he hears about and reads books never mentioned at home”(2).
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.
Stating Google has become so powerful that it can practically predict what one wants to find on the internet. In the end, Carr, is persuading people that to remain keen and intelligent they should always fall back on the “Traditional” ways to read, but at the same time it doesn’t hurt to skim an article to retain what is necessary. So, his message is that Google is not actually making people stupid, it is just making people forget the traditional sense of reading which is causing the lack of attention in today’s world compared to when there were no computers, internet, or Google. I feel the rapid changes of the digital era haven’t too much affected me. I grew up in an age where devices and communications were on an uproar.
Depending on the individual, analysis and critical thinking may come naturally, but some individuals may be tempted to follow what Carr discusses in his paper by skimming through many internet pages. In Carr’s essay, he makes it seem like every human will be affected in the same way by Google and its impact on the way information is spread, but the impact will vary between each person. If someone is taught to read deeply at a young age, this habit will likely follow them throughout their entire life. On the other hand, if someone is taught just to skim the surface and never indulge in information at a young age, this habit will likely stay with them for their entire life. Daniel Conrad and Diane Hedin from the University of Minnesota conducted and analyzed a group of studies on the impact of experiential education on youth.
Technology has shaped the way we think, but to say we are becoming less intelligent because of it is untrue. There are several benefits of having technology. Technology has done so much for us. [First,] the way we get our information on Google, Google allows us to gather more information in [a more] efficient manner than a book can. FRAG, CS Second, our attention span has not shortened because of technology.
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