Reading has developed over time and now the common way of reading is digitally. Reading has changed so maybe the way people read has changed also. The two articles “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr (2008) and “The Deep Space of Digital Reading” by Paul LaFarge (2016) explain the effects of digital reading and the pros and cons of reading information online. Both articles explain how our brains are malleable and can be altered by the way we read. Digital reading has shown to cause people to skim through information without fully reading the information.
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. In "Fahrenheit 451" the most notable piece of technology would be “parlours”, which are extremely large televisions on the wall that can be interacted with.
I. INTRODUCTION Nowadays most of the youth are not totally engaged in reading some books. They are likely engaged in social media, gadgets because of modern technology that we embrace. Some says that book is boring because its content is wide and much time is needed. But we are wrong because Mr. Garry Paulsen, the one who wrote the book named “The Voyage of the Frog” can bring us to another dimension.
There’s been a lot of controversy about online literacy and printed literacy. Both types of literacy have their upsides. Motoko Rich’s article “Literacy Debate: R U Really Reading?” reveals the controversy between online literacy and printed literacy. Despite the controversy, Rich explains how online literacy is a new way of reading. Motoko Rich is effective at talking about online and print literacy because she uses creative terminology to establish her credibility, leads the reader to a path of understanding with no emotion, and uses logic to appeal outsiders.
They did… Books, so the damned snobbish critics said, were dishwater. No wonder books stopped selling, the critics said… Technology, mass exploitation, and minority pressure carried the trick, thank God. (Bradbury 55) Since the age of technology has dawned several years back, books have been preferred to be read electronically instead of paper books. Due to the criticism books get now people do not read books as often and instead get involved in social media, news stations, etc. Exploiters and propaganda can frequently be found in these media sources.
THE POWER OF LITERATURE Society and its many flaws. One would come to think that society eventually could fix them all, and of course it is easy to believe, for society tries constantly to fix itself, even if it conflicts within. Dystopian writing, for example. Dystopian writing has been a form of writing that teenagers today tend to take enjoyment in. However, some people have other thoughts upon it, such as Michael Solana, who had written "STOP WRITING DYSTOPIAN SCI-FI--IT'S MAKING US ALL FEAR TECHNOLOGY", which explains how dystopian writing is making people today fear the future more than ever, claiming that the fear created is fear for technology such as artificial intelligence.
“At a time when more and more readers were switching to other forms of media and less and less readers were actually reading books, the Harry Potter books stirred a deep, lasting public interest” (De Vera). Right before the Harry Potter series came into the light, big advances in technology stole the spotlight from literature. Slowly, people began focusing their attention on home videos and online games, rather than reach for a book. “Rowling has been accredited by many prestigious awards and also praised for generating an interest in reading amongst young people at a time when they were discarding this valuable hobby” (“J.K. Rowling”).
Each book is a portal to a world you interpret on your own and that is usually the authors goal. I believe that reading is a worthy topic of discussion for some people in this generation because reading itself is hard to pinpoint due to the vast amount of different interpretation of readers. It may be beneficial to discuss this topic for people who were never enlightened on the stigma of reading and have an intention of possibly changing the world’s idea of reading. Especially with the lack of reading that is happening throughout this current generation. Some may argue that we, as a society, are reading more than ever due to technology.
Research shows that young people are less likely to trust something than old people (The Guardian 2015). This is likely due to the information available nowadays. The Internet provides an almost infinite database resource. Young people are more likely to use it to research before commiting to something. Old people are more inclined to believe what they are told without checking for proof, as that is what they are used to.
Hence, from Ahlers’ research (2006), print media cannot attract young readers because print media get young people losing interest and also the print media unwatched of young people’s needs. Besides, the publishers under this trend agreed the research (Graybeal, 2008 and Kohl, 2008). In addition, the people who less than 40 years old are paying more attention to the online social network services (e.g. Ahlers, 2006 and Nguyen and Western, 2007). According to Zhou et al (2011), the motivations of using social media have three main factors: functional, such as shopping, learning things, making money, creating things, and study; experiential means entertainment, escaping from actual world, exploration new things, playing games; social motives for example socializing with others.
Yemisrach Reta ENG 121-340 Professor Ashley Waterman 11 pril 2017 Rhetorical Analysis of the Essay “Is Google Making Us Stupid” In “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Nicholas Carr uses some evidences in his argument in order to convince the idea of the other people . I believe Carr’s argument is effective because he starts explaining how he feels when he is reading a book and immersing himself in a book. However now, because he uses Internet a lot, he loses his focus of attention after reading some pages. He compares about the past reading ability with the present like “The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle” (Carr 57). Carr also tells that he is not the only one who is getting a trouble with reading.
" 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.
William Badke assessment of the article by Nicholas Carr “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” has a unique twist. As an associate librarian at Trinity Western University, he feels online search engines like Google or Yahoo restricts profound thought and retrains comprehension. Badke states “we can keyword search right to the best stuff without reading much of the book itself.” (online) He accepts research by Gary Small and Gigi Vorgan called iBrain, which submits the brain, adapts to the surrounding environment. IBrain coins the phrase “digital native” and “digital immigrants (newcomers to the digital world) to compare how the brain operates in each setting. This research is producing a new generation, Net generation or “IBrain generation” causing
Nicholas Carr’s “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” is a critical analysis of the Internet’s effects on our brains’ cognition. Carr explores the impacts that reading Internet text has on how we think and absorb information, citing personal examples and examples from public settings. In his article, Carr argues that the now commonplace practice of reading online has changed how our minds think and process information; Carr believes that the more we read online, the less we will be able to “deep read”, as one would with printed text. In Elizabeth Schmar-Dobler’s “Reading on the Internet: The link between literacy and technology”, Schmar-Dobler states that the nature of literacy is changing to include the type of reading strategies used to read both
Digital technology has completely changed the world for the good and the bad. The disadvantage that technology has brought and will bring in the future is that people will rely on it too much. Books are becoming non-existent, people are not communicating face to face, we are no longer using paper and pencils, and social media is taking over the world. However, it is up to the adults to monitor and limit the use of computers, T.V., mobile phones and video games. The advantages to technology is important dealing with education because it can promote new and fun ways someone to learn and easier access to researching