He believes our minds have been altered to expect all information the way the Net hands it out: “in a swiftly stream of moving particles,” as he put it. The author admits that the advantages of the internet are great, but believes they come at a great
Tevin Hutchinson 11/10/2012 English 102 Technology plays a huge role in our everyday life. I do believe that technology has made our lives easier, but it also has made us more dependent on the technology itself. When using the internet for a dictionary you could easily get distracted. Anyone can put anything on the internet, so what you find might not be accurate. Most people find that looking things up on the internet is distracting because you are already on the web so why not check YouTube for a funny video, or update your status on the social network.
Is Google really making us stupid? Nicholas Carr, a technology writer poses that question about the internet and asks readers to give it some thought. He makes suggestions that the internet is changing the way our mind works and that it has negative consequences on the mind. Carr believes that we should be skeptical of the internet because of the adverse ways it may be shaping the way we think. Thinking critically about his article, I can find some patterns in his writing, such as fact and fiction, presenting evidence with an argument, cause and effect, and tonal qualities.
It speeds up the retrieval and dissemination of information, partially eliminating such chores as going outdoors to the mailbox or the adult bookstore, or having to pick up the phone to get hold of your stockbroker or some buddies to shoot the breeze with. That one thing the Internet does, and only that.” * - Tom Wolfe, from Digibabble, Fairy Dust, and the Human Anthill in Hooking Up (published in 2000) Established only a few decades ago, the Internet itself is a neutral device originally designed for easing researches and studies among academic and military structures. The Internet is a system of enormous technical and social complexity.
If anyone was to look at the comments on Carr’s essay located on the internet one would realize how many people are opposed to Carr’s argument just like Hornsby. Most of these anonymous internet users told about how the internet has done nothing but help improve their research and study skills. It was very rare to see any comment that strongly agreed with Nicholas Carr. One comment, that was against Carr’s argument, said that the copious amount of information on the internet allows people to skim through the thousands of words until they find a piece of work that catches their interest allowing them read more in depth when something catches their interest. What this unnamed internet user was trying to explain is that if a reader is skimming and not interested in a subject online, that it is the author’s fault and not the internet as a whole.
However, college students need to understand that using social networking sites religiously is not just an issue about the amount of time devoted towards schoolwork, but that it can literally change how they think. Social networking sites, along with Google and Wikipedia, are influencing how college students process information. Facebook is a great tool to keep in touch with friends, but the Internet needs to be used for educational purposes. Although the Internet can be used for educational purposes, the usage of sites like Facebook, Wikipedia, and Google have negatively changed the way college students think. Some credit can be laid upon the student, but ultimately we as a society need to fundamentally change how people use the Internet.
Search engines are comprised of millions of information that everyday people have uploaded or placed onto the internet. When it comes to academic research, we want to make sure that the information doesn’t come from every Tom, Joe, and Harry, because every Tom, Joe, and Harry is not always correct. Academic research is based upon the reliable information that we find according to the credibility of the source that we gather the information from. This is where Ashford’s University Library comes into play. The Ashford University library is a digital database that has reliable and credible information that has been approved by scholarly advisors, peers, and others that have gained valuable experience in that field of
He explains how people are on a disadvantage when they rely on e-books rather than books. Carr uses very meticulous instances to illustrate his way of thinking and then he uses his logical discussion to prove that Google is making our lives more “machinelike” and lazier. The instances and references used such as results of reliable studies and opinions from people from a variety of professional background are well-organized, which proves the profound knowledge of the author in many fields. Since this source has strong. Since this article strongly disagrees with those who support the use on internet for daily tasks like reading, this article helps me to lay my argument that internet deteriorates our reading ability.
However, this may be the proper thing to do, but let’s face it… it’s not happening that way. We know this because there have been times when we searched for information and depending on which site you are referencing the information will be different. So that tells us that someone is not inputting the proper information. When searching the Internet for information it is best to use creditable sites. Most government sites will have safe and correct information to use.
After doing some research on this topic, I have concluded that the internet should not be censored in order to protect our first amendment rights. I will give my reasons that support my belief that the internet should not be censored here along with some information from other sources that back up my beliefs as well. It’s true that the internet is infested with many indecent pornographic websites that our children are at risk of discovering, however, there are ways that parents are able to protect their children from visiting or viewing these websites by setting up parental controls as well as using features such as Google’s Safe Search option. Another way that parents can protect their children is to sit with their child while the child uses the internet and directly supervise the child's actions online. I believe that parents should be allowed the option of censoring their own personal computer from viewing websites with X rated content without having the internet censored as a whole.