Google Making Us Stupid?

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Viehmann English 112 Google: The Fast and Arguable Resource In Nicholas Carr’s article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid,” he talks about how he had difficulties researching while reading books and long articles. He discusses on how the Internet effects our thinking, reading, writing, and how our brains react to get used to the new media. Carr attempts to provoke the reader with negative effects that result from Internet use. Carr uses some specific examples, and figures, to demonstrate his point of view on online researching. From Carr's opening paragraph, he gives a rough understanding on his skewed view, comparing Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey to his own personal emotion of becoming mentally disconnected. The computer in the film was having its memory chips removed one at a time, and was unable to stop Dave, the astronaut dismantling HAL, answers with “Dave my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it.” Carr then goes on to the second paragraph, referring that he had an uncomfortable sense that someone or something has been playing with his brain. 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

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