Summary Of Is Google Making USupid By Nicholas Carr

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The article by Nicholas Carr: “Is Google Making Us Stupid? What the Internet is Doing to our brains” (2008), explains the effect that the internet has on the way people go on about their daily lives and how it influences their habits and thoughts. He uses easy and not-strictly academic words along his article to argue that people’s concentration skills have reduced because of their high use of the internet to find information. He does so with the use of literary elements such as diction, tone and poetic devices. Therefore, by using these strategies, Carr creates a homespun persona with which he transcends his message to approach his readers. Carr uses diction to familiarize himself with the readers so he may prove his point. Carr’s diction is one that is very conversational and also opinionated with his use of personal pronouns like ‘I’ and ‘we’. In the article, Carr discusses his reduced …show more content…

Carr uses the words “tinkering” (par. 2), “chipping” (par. 4) and “grumbled” (par. 22) in his article to create a cacophony. In each case, the words (when reading out loud) emit a tone that sounds irritated and upset. This is because of the harsh and unharmonious sounds that these words give out. A popular reason behind the use of cacophonies is the give the audience a sense of disgust and frustration as the words seem loud in and of themselves. So, the fact that Carr uses these words in relation to machines also make the machines seem disgusting and frustrating. These words also do not hold a very strong scientific background in which case, they are seen more as simple and easy to understand words to better reach the audience. This too, is meant to put an emphasis on the message he trying to transcend through a homespun fashion and because the words are easier to understand and interpret, they can be read by a larger

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