Is Google Making Us Stupid?

1347 WordsDec 12, 20166 Pages
Advancements in technology have made our lives significantly easier to live. With the invention of the Internet, education is enhanced, communication is made easier and quicker, and is the platform for greatness in the younger generation. However, an author by the name of Nicholas Carr argues that the Internet is changing the way we think and work for the worst, in his article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”. Carr suggests that as the Internet becomes our primary source of information, it begins to affect our ability to read books and other pieces of writing. Based on the topic of technology and how it has affected society’s minds, many intellectuals have both challenged and adhered to Carr’s article. Through this article, I plan to expose these articles written by Steven Pinker and Clay Shirky, that correlate to Nicholas Carr’s text; critically evaluate their strategy in writing, and then provide my opinion on the subject. In Nicholas Carr’s article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”, he claims that the Internet is changing the way our minds work, and that it has negative consequences on the mind. He informs his intended audience of frequent Internet users, that even as a writer, his mind struggles to keep focused on a book. The reason for this occurrence, he theorizes, is due to advancing technologies that have poisoned his mind. His text is primarily organized by discussing the topic of whether or not the Internet is making its users stupid and then supporting it with

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