Thu Quynh Pham
English 1013 - 016
Due date: Feb 15th 2011
Is Google Making Us Stupid?
In “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”, Nicholas Carr discusses over the question about the cause and effect of how Internet impact on our thinking, reading, writing habits and how our brains react to adapt to the “new-media rule”. The author uses many specific examples and statistics to demonstrate his point of view. Throughout the first part of the article, Nicholas Carr argues whether our reading and writing habits may be affected by the search engines on Google. We used to cogitate, analyze over and over before coming up with a verdict. Nowadays, within one minute searching with the Google toolbars, the great databases of the Internet will immediately bring the information to us. Besides, the printed books became the past thanks to the e-book and other online works on the Internet. Writing becomes a real challenge even to a writer since we spend too much time on the media society. However, our brains do not let Internet easily control our minds by reacting to adapt to the “new-media rule”. The author strictly criticize the Google and its high-technology toolbars because he really worries about the day human will become more “machinelike” and no one even realizes that. Since the issue that Nicholas Carr brings up is very significant, he uses very meticulous instances to illustrate his way of thinking. The statistics using in this article are carefully checked and very specific. From the beginning, Nicholas Carr starts with various conspicuous examples to gain readers attention. Then, he uses his logical discussion to prove that Google is making our lives more “machinelike” and lazier. The instances using in the article are well-organized, that proves the profound knowledge in many fields of the author. Nevertheless, Nicholas Carr may take this problem too serious that lead to his one way view in the article. He just thinks negatively then he neglects other...
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