Comparing “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” and “a Life of the Senses”

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Throughout the course of history, technology has changed us. It gave us a way to communicate in long distances. It gave us a way to produce goods faster and more efficiently. And it gave us the convenience to acquire knowledge with just one click of a button. However, there are bad effects as there are good. Nicolas Carr’s “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” and Richard Louv’s “A Life of the Senses”, discusses the different effects of technology on people. Carr’s essay, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” discusses technology’s effect in our way of thinking, while Louv’s essay, “A Life of the Senses” discusses the change in our lifestyle and our senses. From the get go, Carr says that “…I’ve had an uncomfortable feeling that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neutral circuitry, reprogramming my memory” (1). Sure enough, it actually has been. Most of us probably have had this feeling; a feeling like something was off. It becomes more apparent when we try to read a long essay, or a novel. We sit around and read a few paragraphs or a few pages, but not for long we “…begin looking for something else to do” (1). We come to realize that we can’t concentrate, we feel impatient and we find ourselves staring at an LCD screen, or maybe an LED screen, doing what we usually do: nothing. When a question arises about that essay we were about to read, we push a few keys, click a few link and voila! Here is a whole page in which we will exercise more of our laziness. We then start to wonder what causes this. Surprisingly, one of our most important means of communication and source of information is causing this. The Net, is chipping away our capacity for concentration and contemplation (1). Louv refers to this in his essay as the “know-it-all state of mind” (667). We browse and browse and browse and we skim everything we see. We want to acquire information and we want it immediately. This want to acquire information as fast as we can load the page,...
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