The Internet Makes Us Shallow

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Jeffrey Ward Melissa Martinez Section: 26 1F October 22, 2015 The Internet Makes Us Shallow The Internet has replaced the canine as man’s best friend. In our world today, we have been consumed by the internet and have adopted an obsession with it. In “The Juggler’s Brain,” the seventh chapter from his book, The Shallows, Nicholas Carr discusses the change in the human brain, both physically and functionally. He claims that the internet is probably the “most powerful mind-altering technology that has ever come into general use” and that because we have become so accustomed to using it, we have been subject to its effects on our cognition and comprehensive depth (Carr 116). The Internet has become an essential part of society without which we seemingly can’t function; although, because of it, our functionality has suffered. Throughout his argument, Carr very thoroughly supports his claim of the Internet’s effects on the human brain citing numerous experiments and much experimental data on the subject. His argument is logical, clear, concise, multi-faceted, and well supported across the chapter. Carr successfully argues that the Internet is producing grave changes to the human cognitive process through the use of sound, supporting examples and seemingly contradictory evidence that actually gives more merit to his claim. When the Internet was first put into use, there was a wide-spread belief that it would be a great tool in the classroom to aid students with websites like
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