Is Google Making Us Stupid?

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With the fast-paced development of technology, internet plays a more and more important role in our life. While acknowledging the convenience provided by the internet, Nicholas Carr expressed his concern that it negatively influenced our capability of deep reading and thinking in his article Is Google Making Us Stupid? Published in the 2008 issue of the Atlantic. However, there existed some weaknesses in his arguments due to the use of 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 harmful impact imposed by computers on human minds, describing it as “shaping the process of thought” (315) and “chipping away a person’s capacity for concentration and contemplation” (315). The word “shape” and “chipping away” strongly imply that computers are constraining or even controlling our ways of thinking. For Nicholas, the computer seems to become a threat, distracting his attention and hindering him from contemplating. He attempts to appeal the same fear to the audience, which in fact works in the opposite way. Based on the readers’ previous experience, they could doubt whether computers are actually as powerful as the author presents or the author just overstates the damage of using the internet. Apparently, computer is significantly useful in almost every one’s life, yet its limit is also noticeable. It is just a tool for us to reach and

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