Is Google Making Us Stupid?
ENG140 Introduction to Writing
In Nicholas Carr’s story “Is Google Making Us Stupid” his main point is the question, is quick access to the internet making humans more impatient to read and want to skim through stuff more. This story is a very well informative story. Carr uses google as a metaphor for the wider internet. When Carr asks the question is google making us stupid, he may have set an alarm for many. In the story he gets deep explanation of how the internet influences the brain. The explanation he gives us is how computers have altered the way we work, how we organize information, share news, communicate, and how we search for, read, and absorb information. Carr's analysis incorporates research, as well as philosophy, science, history, and cultural developments. He investigates how the media and tools we use shape the development of our thinking and considers how we relate to and think about our brains. Carr explains the cause and effect of how Internet impacts our thinking, reading, writing habits, and how our brains react to the media. Carr gives his explanation with many arguments; he starts with his own personal acts.
Throughout the beginning of the story, Carr argues whether our reading and writing habits may be affected by the internet. Nowadays, within one minute searching with the toolbars, the great databases of the Internet will immediately bring the information to us. Besides, the printed books became the past thanks to the e-book and other online works on the Internet. Writing becomes a real challenge even to a writer since we spend too much time on the media.
“Over the past few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory. My mind isn’t going—so far as I can tell—but it’s changing. I’m not thinking the way I used to think. I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading....