Response to Nicholas Carr's "Is Google Making Us Stupid?"
Google is making us smarter as we re-discover new ways to learn. In "Is Google Making Us Supid?” Nicholas Carr argues his profound concern on the use of the Internet and how it is affecting our brains. Carr's main argument is that the Internet may well have damaging effects on cognition while reading; that would diminish the ability for concentration and contemplation. Carr strongly believes that the problem with the Internet is how it pushes us towards browsing information rather than digging in more deeply and considering it. I agree with Carr, there is no question that our mental behaviors are changing. We ought to be reading more books—or so I think. On the other hand, he is wrong to present the internet as a threat. I have found the Internet to be a superb helping hand while reading books, studying assignments, and in just about everything. We enter into a world of an abundance of information, as we click on links to gather data. Web-searching the internet allows me to learn much more than what is in a book, even several books. All of the information is right-at-hand. John Austin, an academic dean at St. Andrew's School in Delaware, and the author of The Next Renaissance, or the Age of "Linguistic Whateverism” says “The Internet may in fact mean the end of the novel — as well as the mental dispositions it encouraged. As a teacher of English, that is not a prospect I welcome. And it should be resisted. This does not mean we try to turn the technological clock backward and banish computers from our classrooms. Quite the opposite: schools should seek to harness, creatively and appropriately, those digital applications that can improve teaching and learning. But schools should also mount a spirited defense of the liberal arts and continue to champion the traditional literacies of reading, writing, and reflection .” I enrolled in...
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