Analysis: Is Google Making USupid

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Brandt Monette English 102- Section 1016 Ana Douglass September 27, 2011 Values: Disconnecting from the server Beep, beep, beep, beep… sounded the alarm as I rolled over somewhat routinely with a heavy tiredness still think in my blood. In more ways than one, waking up by the sound of an alarm is entirely factitious, yet I couldn’t have felt more natural and accustomed to its declaration that my day had begun than if the sun had beamed across my face to announce the morning’s arrival. As I left my artificially cooled home I had just a moment to take in the fresh air before turning the key to the ignition of my car. Propelling steadily forward to the race of a typical day, I sat thoughtless of how connected I was to an intricate system…show more content…
The exponentially rapid growth of internet technology brings into our lives a connection with literature like never before, yet in many ways it has shifted the way in which we view the world. In an article titled “Is Google Making Us Stupid?,” Nicholas Carr argues that the development of internet technology as our primary source of knowledge is depleting us of the “quiet spaces” that stimulate contemplation and deep interaction with the written language and replacing them with distractions and deviations. Though he exposes the intriguing relationship this powerful medium has to our society, Carr fails to consider other aspects that cause a shift in our behavior towards written material. What we are losing, perhaps, deals less with our minds and more with our heart, the poetic center for what we value. We’ve become lazy in our efforts to contextualize our lives with the information that is so readily available to us and no longer prize knowledge as we once…show more content…
While Carr’s arguments lead to the viable point that technology is now so deeply riveted into the fabric of our lives that we have lost control over its influence on us, he is not the first to be concerned. According to Carr, Socrates thought very little of the advancement of writing due to the fact that it would force society to forfeit the use of their memory because of the abundance of written material that would then be available. He also believed that people would, without receiving knowledge from credible sources, rely alone on their own interpretation of information and in turn become ignorant. Carr sees Socrates’ way of thinking as “short-sighted,” even though his argument in relationship to the internet mirrors that of Socrates’. Google has “[served] to spread information, spur fresh ideas, and expand human knowledge” today in the same way that the development of writing expanded the mind of an individual in the first century (Carr 8). If our technological advancements have changed the way we think, they haven’t done it without controls. Some of the attributes associated with the way we process knowledge may change in our society, but we develop it the way we

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