Is Google Making Us Stupid

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  • Published : February 28, 2012
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In "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" Nicholas Carr argues his deep concern on the use of the Internet and how it is affecting our brains. Carr feels like he has built upon the habit of skimming through articles for research. As a frequent user he has built such a strong habit of this that he can now no longer have the patience to sit down and read an actual book. For it lacks the instant gratification he is so used to getting from the Internet: "What the net seems to be doing is chipping away from my capacity for concentration and contemplation," Carr confesses. The Internet is changing the way its user’s minds process information. People are losing concentration easier than before and instead of truly reading material, they are skimming and mentally noting what appears to be important. Carr further alleges, "Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words, now I zip along the surface like a guy on a jet ski."

The article goes in depth on how the Internet is affecting the way we: "think, read, and remember". Carr starts off explaining how the computer long ago began with little information: "My mind is going...I've had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the natural circuitry, reprogramming the memory." Carr is saying that his mind isn't going at this moment, but it is changing just like the super computer HAL. Programmers are making today's computer the source for all information. Nicholas Carr goes on to discuss how he notices this change mostly when he is reading long passages. The once easy to read book, has become a struggle. Carr says, "Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages." Marshall McLuhan, a media theorist, pointed out in the 1960's,"Media are not just passive channels of information. They supply the stuff of thought, but they also shape the process of thought. Carr believes, "[His mind] expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it." Carr mentioned...
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