English 102- Section 1016
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 working so robustly beneath the hood of my vehicle. Most everything I did that morning, along with many of the other activities I would engage in throughout the day, involved the modern conveniences of technology. None, however, would be as intertwined with my life as a young person in the 21st Century as would the internet.
The advancement of the computer has taken the vast world of knowledge and its origins and networked them all into a single source, a database that is becoming an unlimited and steady stream of information. 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...