While refuting Carr’s article, Steven Pinker makes a very good point and gives examples as to why Carr thinks that the internet is making us stupid. There will always be people that think a new idea or technology is destroying our so called society or world. For example, Pinker reminds us about “The decades of television, transistor radios and rock videos were also decades in which I.Q. scores rose continuously”. Ironically, the same thing can be said about the internet.
The internet along with many other technological advances has brought humanity a long way. Like with all change, there are positive outcomes as well as negative outcomes, and while having information at our fingerprints and obtainable within seconds might be a positive thing, there are still going to be some negative results. Nicholas Carr’s 2008 article published in The Atlantic, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?,” explains what Carr believes to be some of the negative effects that the usage of the Internet has brought upon us. Carr believes that the Internet is shaping the way that we think and that humans are losing the ability to read long pieces of writing. The purpose of his ironically long article is to convince his readers that the Internet is actually changing the way that we think and interact and to shed light upon something that many people experience, but they might have not realized it yet.
Lesson 1, Activity 1 In the article “Is Google Making Us Stupid”, author, Nicholas Carr, describes the how complex the information age and believes that the internet weakens reading concentration our civilization. Thought the internet provides advantages of immediate access for searching, Carr feels the internet is decreasing people’s ability to read information on a deeper level. I do not agree with his point of view. I do not believe that your capacity to concentrate decreases by using the internet. For example, Carr supports a blog article, from Bruce Friedman, which believes the internet alters mental habits and has the ability to loose reading focus.
Sandra Cortes Professor D. Stansbury English 101 1 September 2015 Focused Summary on Carr’s Article In Nicholas Carr’s article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”, he explains how he feels that the Web in general is changing they way we think. Carr feels as though the immense about of information at our fingertips is what is keeping us from digging down deeper into our thoughts. He blames the Internet for himself not being able to stay focused on a task or reading a long article through and through. Carr argues that not only does he feel his way of thinking changing but that his friends and acquaintances have also experienced the dilemma at hand. He brings up a good argument about how, in history, technology has changed the way we think before.
In terms of the impact of internet on how we read, Carr believes that people do not read the entire article and it is seen that they bounce from page to page, losing focus quickly with reading on the web. He uses this idea because the reader can relate to it, like himself. Carr also explains about because of the easiness of the internet, it makes people full of artificial knowledge when he writes about the impact of the internet on the way how we think. He elaborates on how the growing technology affects the human life and their culture. He mentions Foreman’s life experience with related to how his life is surrounded by the internet.
" Is Google Making Us Stupid" By Nicholas Carr refers to the ways technology is negatively affecting our brain function. Carr starts his argument talking about how the internet is a resource we can use for almost anything. As a result, we are becoming more and more dependent on it for simple everyday tasks. Carr states that technology is a distraction and just a "shortcut". According to the article, technology is becoming more important than people.
In the article Is Google Making Us Stupid by Nicholas Carr, published in, The Atlantic Monthly, Nicholas uses opinion based facts to defend his theory that this generation 's intelligence is being extinguished by the internet. His opinion towards our generation can be summarized by the term Juvenoia: “ the fear or hostility directed by an older generation toward a younger one, or toward youth culture in general” a term coined by David Finkelhor. This “fear or hostility” that Carr directs toward our generation is based on the beliefs and technology he grew up with. However, Carr bases his opinions on the comparison of our generation to his. This comparison being “research that once required days in the stacks or periodical rooms of libraries can now be done in minutes”(Carr par 3).
Overall, Nicholas Carr’s article succeeds in persuading his claim that Google makes people stupid in the article. His whole argument about the Internet has changed the audience way of thinking. He uses rhetorical techniques that are aimed at an audience that will believe him, people like millennials or even an older audience that knew what the internet was like before it was so common.
Throughout Too much Facebook, An exploratory explanation of social media fatigue I saw that the organization of the article had a negative effect on their paper because it confuses the reader. It makes the research paper notes as strong nor interesting.One example is when they say the definition of what is social media fatigue in the first paragraph. Later on paragraph 1.2 it defines it again. This makes this article redundant with what it 's trying to say. In their articles the use of statistics was something that was good.
Historian Daniel J. Boorstin once said, “Technology is so much fun, but we can drown in our technology. The fog of information can drive out knowledge”. Boorstin believes that technology is fun and is helpful to society, but technology can be overused and can take over our knowledge, which can take over our thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Nowadays most people prefer reading online rather than reading a print book, which has changed our society today in numerous helpful, yet hazardous ways. Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451 interprets what our society will be later on due to the overuse of technology, and the lack of reading print books.
Fighting for the “yes” side of the article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid”, published in the New York Times, is Nicholas Carr; he delivers much insight on this issue including, “So even as Google is giving us all that useful information, it 's also encouraging us to think superficially. It 's making us shallow,” (Carr). Carr clearly expresses his view that Google is indeed making us “stupid”, blaming the search engine for superficial thinking and shallow persons. Everyone is reading a stream with only time to pick out keywords but then the stream already presents the next topic, creating a lack of deeper thinking. In Richtel’s article, he addresses the physical isolation that results from technology use, “Mr.
In the article “How Trolls Are Ruining the Internet,” which appears in TIME, Joel Stein described the internet are full of different kinds of violence and hostility because of trolls and how to prevent trolls from improving laws, protecting victims and making reasonable and freedom speech online. Stein indicated that we are enjoying releasing their freedom or nature online since we can be anonymous, hidden even irresponsibility online so that most of the trolls are among us. While more and more people are becoming trolls due to racial rhetoric and female discrimination in the male perspective, they can’t realize the behaviors seems to be fun will cause a great negative impact. The writer also pointed that the nature of the internet violence
According to article “Does the Internet Make you Dumber” by Nicholas Carr, the internet takes our concentration and focus. Studies show that, traditional linear text readers understand more than who read online. There was an experiment at Cornell University, and that experiment shows that who used the internet did worse on their job than who did not used the internet. We are losing ability to think more deeply and our concentration about our lives. Books let us focus on the reading while internet distracts us from reading.
Should we consider the vast growing technological advancement as a beneficial contribution or an affliction? These are just a few of the questions I find myself asking. The prevalent effect of "factitious comprehension" in the use of the technology we use today was scrutinized by two distinguished authors, Jamias Cascio and Nicholas Carr. In this article, "Is Google Making Us Stupid" Nicholas Carr explains how the internet and technology in the society that we live in have many different effects. He also elucidates that the overuse of such technology is potentially very dangerous and could affect how someone 's mind can be manipulated and affect how their mind may function.
There’s been an aging debate on whether or not the internet has made us loose our intelligence. Perhaps the temptation of having hours upon endless hours of web surfing and information at our finger tips has become too much for us. A recent article called “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Written by Nicholas Carr for the Atlantic has brought this debate into further light, opening it up for other opinions. The thought of Google making us stupid is rather harsh and absurd if looked at from a young teenagers mind. The thought of having to look through books for hours for a single piece of information is tantalizing for someone such as ourselves.