Google is a web search engine, which appear to have taken a toll on the generation of today. When anything needs answering or research to be conducted, all one has to do is “Google it!” The author Nicholas Carr of the book: “Is Google Making Us Stupid” believes that this particular search engine limits cognitive thinking. “ I’m not thinking the way I used to think. I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading. Immersing myself in a book, a lengthy article used to be easy.
Also digital culture and social media had made they forgot about the reality and live in a virtual life. “The Dumbest Generation” that wrote by Mark Bauerlein is one example. Bauerlein believes that digital culture and social media had cut young adults away from history, civic, literature, and fine arts. However, I have the opposite opinion; believe that digital culture actually made young adults smarter in different ways. There are many famous people including Bauerlein himself were having an argument with another group of people on whether digital culture is an advantage or not.
He has represented the Internet as the answer to all of society's worries. In both these articles both writers provide very convincing evidence weather on how the Internet is making us more brilliant or is it turning us brainless. In Nicholas Carr’s Article “Does the Internet Make You Dumber?” he argues the fact that the Internet indeed does make you “dumber,” almost scaring its reader to stay away from web usage. He takes a more scientific approach talking about how the Internet allows us to have a mass amount of information at any time, but with all that info comes distractions. He goes on about how those distractions hurt our mental thinking.
And that deep reading no longer exist, and if that’s the case we are struggling to even be able to sit still long enough to immerse ourselves in deep reading. Carr goes on to explain the reason why this is the case, which he blames on spending a lot of time online, searching and surfing the internet. But he then goes on to say, “the web has been a godsend to me as a writer. Research that once required days and stacks or periodical rooms of libraries can now be done in minutes.” In this quote Carr is simply saying that even though the internet has made us more lazy as individuals it does have its’ perks especially for a writer like himself. There is no need to
He then moves on to inform the reader on how absorbed he would get in the textbooks and articles. Carr’s challenge to blame his disorder on computer/internet use is an unfair emotional claim with no importance. He has completely demolished his argument that the Internet is to blame for his disconnection, when in fact it sounds more likely to be a medical condition to blame. The feeling of having someone playing with his brain, remapping the neural motherboard, reprogramming the memory can even be viewed as grounds for a panic evaluation. Carr continues stating that the use of computers is also to blame for his reduced ability to read through whole articles on the Internet and adds that even his friends and acquaintances-literary types most of them are dealing with the same
However, Google has a huge amount of information and much of it could be wrong. For example, the Wikipedia website is not a good source of information because normal people write the information in it and not specialists. Therefore, if we get wrong information, then our knowledge would be wrong. Carr also discussed that the Internet is an imaginary world, and all the people are behind the computer screens. Therefore, whenever we access a website, Google can collect more information about us, and if we access more websites, then that would be easier and faster for them to collect the information they want.
In Nicholas Carr essay, “Is Google Making Us Stupid,” he states that people are losing focus easier than before and instead of reading the material, that they are skimming over it. Most of our time is spent on the internet. We tend to skim over information and move to the next thing, me myself I am guilty of this. Nicholas also makes the statement, “The Human brain is just an outdated computer that needs a faster processor and a bigger hard drive. I feel like he uses this to show how the internet has skimmed our brains.
With this beginning, Carr starts to explain to us that his mind has also become much more erratic since his use of the internet. “…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 but it’s changing,” is what Carr writes to compare the supercomputer’s mind with his (Carr 67). His mind, as he states, “begins to look for something else to do” (Carr 67). Carr finds a published study of online research habits conducted by scholars from the University College London.
A Critical Review of “Does the Internet Make You Dumber?” Critical Review 2 Introduction Nicholas Carr’s 2010 article titled “Does the Internet Make You Dumber” is an attempt to shadow the usefulness of the internet as a whole in a negative light. This short article, originally published in the Wall Street Journal, makes a fervid bid to discredit the internet and persuade individuals that we as a society were smarter before we began relying so heavily on the internet as an avenue to gain information. Carr manages to adequately present and support his very one-sided view of the argument without attempting to make room for a counter argument at all. I personally am of the opinion that Carr is being short sighted; he is beginning with a conclusion and bending the narrative to support his point of view. Summary It is a difficult task to summarize Carr’s article while including the sort of emotional one-sidedness he presents in the full text of the article.
These distractions take place and I have to re-read paragraphs to make sure I get my focus back. To a certain extent Google has had the capability of making me smarter than I was before. Google information comes much faster than by calling someone on the phone or going to the library for research projects. Faster and more convenient are the benefits that I see from using modern technology. Times are changing and the days when I just sit in a quiet space and read a paper book for leisure or obtaining information is being