Lack of Brain Power in Nicholas Carr's Article, Is Google Making Us Stupid

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Is Google Making Us Stupid The article ‘Is Google Making Us Stupid?’ discusses in detail how technology has affected the human brain’s ability to read long passages. The author feels that the internet is bad for the brain. Nicholas Carr writes that he spends much of his leisure time from the Net. Carr feels like he can’t concentrate on the long passages of reading because his brain is used to the fast millisecond flow of the Net. ‘For more than a decade now, I’ve been spending a lot of time online, searching and surfing.’ (266) The supporting idea is that his mind now ‘expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it--in a swiftly moving streams of particles’ (227). His brain wants to think as fast as the internet goes. In summary, the article is split into two pieces. The first is Nicholas Carr’s longing for his brain to be one with the internet, a man made machine. The second part of the article is Google’s standpoint on how our brains should be replaced by artificial intelligence. Carr points out that he is not alone with this concept because ‘Bruce Friedman, blogs regularly about the use of computers in medicine, also has described how the Internet has altered his mental habits […] But in a recently published study of online research habits, we may well be in the midst of a sea of change in the way we read and think’ (228). So the internet is shaping the way we take in information by altering the way we read. Our brains don’t want to even try to

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