Is Google Making Us Stupid by Nicholas Carr Essay

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In the article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr, he begins the article with a description of a scene in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. In the Space Odyssey Dave Bowman argues with the supercomputer, HAL. HAL pleads to Bowman to not disconnect his circuits that control his “brain”. The computer feels his mind going; this is a feeling that Carr has also had.
Over the years, Carr feels like someone is tinkering with his brain. He states that he is not thinking the way he uses to. He can no longer focus on lengthy things anymore. Carr use to be able to be caught up in a book, in the narrative or the turns of the argument. Now, he can no longer concentrate, his mind drifts after only a few pages. Deep reading was
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In the article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr, he begins the article with a description of a scene in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. In the Space Odyssey Dave Bowman argues with the supercomputer, HAL. HAL pleads to Bowman to not disconnect his circuits that control his “brain”. The computer feels his mind going; this is a feeling that Carr has also had.
Over the years, Carr feels like someone is tinkering with his brain. He states that he is not thinking the way he uses to. He can no longer focus on lengthy things anymore. Carr use to be able to be caught up in a book, in the narrative or the turns of the argument. Now, he can no longer concentrate, his mind drifts after only a few pages. Deep reading was something that uses to come so naturally to Carr, now it is a struggle. He has said that reading is different because it has changed over the decade.
More time has been spent online, searching and surfing, and sometimes even adding to the Internet database. The web has helped Carr as a writer. Research that would normally require stacks of books or libraries can be done in just minutes. A few hyperlink clicks, searches, and you know it all. Carr said even when he is not working; he is still on the web: emailing, scanning headlines, blog posts, watching videos, listening to podcasts, or just skimming from link to link. The Internet has become a universal medium.
The agent for the majority information flows from Carr’s eyes and ears into his
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