Summary Of Is Google Making USupid By Nicholas Carr

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Response to: “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”

In the Doyle household, cellphones, laptops, iPads and the television rule our mind and body. We barely interact with each other outside of little comments or concerns. Our iPhones rule our train of thought and conversation, rarely causing us to go upstairs and ask that person what we want to know. Whenever dinner is ready, we send a text instead of calling that person down. The television constantly blasts its noise as we eat dinner, mindlessly watching it like zombies. Instead of thinking about what we question, we automatically “Google it” because it is the easier option. Nicolas Carr states that the mind has become used to the Internet’s information and our traditional media needs to “catch …show more content…

Our concentration and contemplative skills have diminished thanks to our internet usage. Carr states that: “For me, as for others, the Net is becoming a universal medium, the conduit for most of the information.” Information is easily accessible and no longer requires deep research. You can easily find the idea of something on the internet by skimming it. Carr believes that our mind can be shaped by using the internet daily and could be completely different than those who read books/magazines/newspapers etcetera. Carr brings in the example of Friedrich Nietzsche’s use of the typewriter and how his writing style began to change as soon as he started using it. He uses this to explain his argument that he believes the brain can in fact change and that it is changing when using the internet constantly. Carr also compares when the clock was first invented to this day in age. Instead of saying “like clockwork” we are now operating “like computers.” “When the net absorbs a medium, that medium is re-created in the Net’s image.” (Carr) With ads constantly blasting us in the face and easy access to opening new tabs, our minds can’t focus on one thing at a time. We are constantly distracted by outside

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