RWS 200 students will find Goldwasser’s article much less persuasive after understanding how the sources she uses, like Common Core and the NEA, are taken out of context in her whirl-winding assault against educational learning, and supporting the Internet. Many rhetorical strategies are used in Goldwasser’s “What’s the Matter with Kids Today?” to persuade the audience of her credibility. The introduction bombards the reader with statistics of Common Core surveys and other figures to present a sarcastic and mocking account of Goldwasser’s opposition. The teen blogging specialist rebuts that the older generation is afraid (through ignorance) of the power of the Internet. In order to maintain her credibility, the word “we” is used to identify herself as a member of this older group.
When trying to see what he is reading and understand it completely, it is hard for him because he often finds his mind wandering and wanting to do something different. He believes this is because of all the technology that we rely on, especially google. I don't think that Carr actually thinks google is making us "stupid", but just more lazy, and just causes more distractions which gets in the way of learning. In my own opinion, I think the internet, google to be specific, is a great tool for learning. Instead of reading through long texts, sometimes reading pointless information to get to the information you want, you have the specific information you need in seconds.
First, they are a great waste of time says Dr. Spock. At their worst, they promote violent responses from children. The main argument about video games is that they take away from children reading. Then the author presents the reasons that reading is so good for people. However, the author then says that a lot of the criticism about video games is because they are being judged by old standards by people who believe reading is the main way for children to learn skills.
Criticizing people for being too passive in their convictions is not an uncommon complaint in this day and age, especially of young people. In fact, common disparagements of youth mirror Postman’s description of Brave New World almost perfectly. Postman writes of Huxley’s vision, “People will come to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think,” just as adults often say their children would rather text than have a real conversation, or go on Facebook than read a book. The complaint is not without validity, but it seems unfair to lay all the blame on Generation Y. The parents and grandparents of those disinterested teenagers and yuppies come from a generation that burned its draft cards and protested racism,
The Dumbest Generation Since the beginning of time resources for knowledge has excelled and advanced. Throughout generations technology has grown along with the human mind set, but due to this growth many would call today’s generation lazy or incompetent for having resources at their fingertips as Mark Bauerlein wrote in the excerpt “The Dumbest Generation”. Being a part of the dumbest generation I would disagree. Today’s generation is more intelligent and more open minded than generations previously due to the advantage of technology and the creativity being shared around the world along with having more opinionated voices that can be shared . From the time 1900’s the intelligence level has risen within the generations proving that we’re not dumbing ourselves down from the
Simone de Beauvoir once said, “To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself.” Social media can be a dangerous place with all the negativity. Teens try to perfect themselves into someone who they are not. Although people may say that social media can inspire teens, social media can represent a toxic mirror for millennials, because it triggers mental health issues, causes insecurities, and can alter someone's appearance. Some people might say that social media is a positive place for teens to get away from their problems; however, it can produce mental health issues for minors. Susie East stated as teens spend more time on social media, the brain can change and grow throughout that time period.
Andrea Lunsford, a professor at Stanford University, said, “I think we’re in the midst of a literacy revolutions the likes of which we haven’t seen since Greek civilization”. (Thompson) Lunsford is referencing to the increase of communicational and connective technological advances in the past decade and a half, with which she believes today’s youth has been fortunate enough to grow up. Many have debated that this increase has only caused, and will only cause, detriment among the youth, claiming it rots their brains and decreases their abilities to learn or obtain information. Some have gone as far to say that the current one is the “dumbest generation”. On the contrary, this generation consists of some of the brightest, most intellectually gifted minds, whose creativity and skills have been shaped by the opportunities provided for them by technological innovations, therefore disproving these claims.
Most teenagers in a European or western country owns a smartphone or a computer. This will automatically result in the victims not being able to escape, from the hate and the discomfort they are being put into. Also the bullies are hard to find, as they have this online mask or username, so they remain anonymous. Aleks writes that he thinks, the problem with cyber-bullying is the fact that you are anonymous. This digital mask, which the writer mentions, is the biggest problem.
Summary of “Is Google Making Us Stupid” by Nicholas Carr Nicholas Carr argues in, “Is Google Making us Stupid?” that the internet is changing the way we think. The internet looks to be slowly taking away the ability to focus very long, and is becoming the most widely used medium for information. Carr has the feeling that he no longer thinks like he used to. Reading a long book or article is no longer enjoyable to him. He attributes this feeling to the extensive use of the internet and computers, even though this usage of the internet has been to help him write.
Nicholas Carr and Clay Sharkey debate whether or not the internet is actually making us smarter or dumber. “Never has a communications system played so many roles in our lives- or exerted such broad influences over our thoughts, as the internet does today. “that is one of Carr’s viewpoints. Shirkey believes that “every increase in paperback book to you tube, alarms people accustomed to the restrictions of the old system, convincing them that the new media will make young people stupid. This fear dates back to at least the invention of movable type.” I tend to agree more with Sharkey because there are a lot of learning toold we can gain from the web.