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Is Google Making Us Stupid?

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With the rapid development of technology, more and more people get used to reading through computers rather than printed books. While acknowledging the convenience provided by the Internet, Nicholas Carr concerns that “as we come to rely on computers to mediate our understanding of the world, it is our own intelligence that flattens into artificial intelligence” (328) in his article Is Google Making Us Stupid? Published in the 2008 issue of the Atlantic. However, there exist some weaknesses in the argument due to his overstated pathos, inappropriate examples, and faulty logics, which to some extent hurt his persuasiveness. At the beginning of the passage, the writer tries to deliver his worries about the Internet’s harm on human minds, but ultimately fails to resonate with the audience because of the improper use of words. He describes the impact of the computer as “shaping the process of thought” (315) and “chipping away a person’s capacity for concentration and contemplation” (315). The words “shape” and “chipping away” strongly imply that the computer seems to become a threat, distracting people’s attentions and hindering them from contemplating. He attempts to evoke the same fear from the audience, which in fact works in the opposite way. Based on readers’ previous experience, they could doubt whether computers are indeed as powerful as the author presents or the author just overstates the damage of using the Internet. Even though we like to search and read the
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