In today’s society many believe that the World Wide Web is not good for your minds and how you think. But in reality it just comes down to self-control. You are the one who turns on that monitor; you are the one who decides what you do on the computer. No one is forcing you to watch videos on YouTube and “zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski”. Not everyone is the same and have the same habits like each other. Many people work better on the computer and the most out of every answer than they would for a book. And some would rather sit with a novel than be within seeing distance of a computer. Technology can become an addiction if used religiously; many people today have become addicts because they lack self-control and focus. Everyone will have a different opinion about this subject and no one will ever truly know the right answer to the question. All we will know is that at the end of the day technology will still be around the corner, lurking and waiting for you to use it or not. So it seems like the question “is Google making us stupid” is left for you to decide.
My thesis statement is basically to agree and disagree with Carr’s essay. Its all opinionated and up to the reader to determine if google is making you stupid or not
In Nicholas Carr’s essay “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”, discusses society’s continuous use of technology and the internet. Carr first describes the continuous use of technology and the internet has effected our own way of thinking. The way we perceived information has changed dramatically because of the different styles of writing on the internet. Carr explained, “My mind isn’t going—so far as I can tell—but it’s changing. I’m not thinking the way I used to think. I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading. Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy”(Carr). Our minds have adjusted or reprogrammed to reading articles on the internet and now made it difficult for people to read a normal novel as Carr described. He is correct, people has lost the ability of deep reading. The internet has made vast information accessible by the click of a button. It has turned days of hard research at the library to hours of studying at the access of a home computer. Society’s reliance on technology has increased immeasurably throughout time because of the vast amounts of information and benefits it has provided for the human race.
My thesis is the very last sentence and this paragraph just mostly describes Nicholas Carr’s main points throughout his essay and how he refers back to a time before technology was this advance. This is also my introductory paragraph.
Carr’s vagueness is also matched with very opinionated supporting evidence, “you should be skeptical of my skepticism” (“Is Google Making Us Stupid”). Admitting to his own readers that he is skeptical is admitting that the portrayal of his evidence is biased. While, many may argue that this claim enhances his credibility, Carr really doesn’t lose any support by admitting he is biased, because he counts on the reader to fill in the blanks. He expects that the reader will establish their own opinion mimicking his own beliefs, due to the reader’s own biases about society, and it lack to be all knowing, without such supplemental aids, as Google. Carr even makes the claim that he was “a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski” (“Is Google Making Us Stupid”) with claims like these he expresses his own opinion, he doesn’t exert a fact, but uses it as evidence. These claims sprinkle the article and distract from the argument, and force the reader to rely on his word alone.
Alston1Yolonda AlstonEng 101Professor Alicia Bolton19June2012 Technology of the Youth over theOld Generation Amy Goldwasser’s article “What’s the Matter with Kids Today?” has argues that the internet hasa positive effect on today’s youth in response to the older generation’s blame that the internet isresponsible for the decline in kids actually reading literature. Goldwasser gives examples on how theinternet’s impact has greatly affected today’s youth as opposed to the older generation’s views: Kidstoday read and write on their own free will via social networks, blogs, etc.They have instant access toinformation on any historical event or literature in their possession, and how the youth influence oureveryday life thru the internet. I agree with Goldwasser in saying that the internet has a more positiveinfluence on today’s youth life than the older generation gives it credit for. I agree with Goldwasserby questioning the older generation by asking, “If the inanities ofleveling charges based on fear, ignorance and old media, multiple choice testing?” (Goldwasser667).Technology is looked down upon by most of the older generations who are consequently stuck intheir ways and refuse to adapt to today’s way of life. Kids are more willing to accept change and use it totheir advantage. Technology has provided us with the internet, and it is more than a means ofcommunication.Personally, I had to get used to using the internet for my English 101 class. All myassignments require me to use the internet for blogging, researching, discussions, etc. The internet plays a large role in the lives of the youth today. The youth of today hasincorporated their social life into the internet, “using social networks, blog sites, IM’s, etc. to write andread about what is going on with them and their friends” ( Goldwasser 667).Author JuneAhnstates that “social network sites like Myspace and Facebook are now popular online communities with
2. Alston2large teenage user population “( June 1).In Goldwasser essay “ On average, a child has 30 or so friendson these networks, they all are going to spend 20 minutes or so hanging out and writing” (Goldwasser667). The social network is how the youth today communicate. This is also how the youth keep up withthe latest news and are reunited with old friend and relatives.Ahn saying that teens use socialnetworking to” Interact, play, explore, and learn in significant ways”( June 1). The internet also provides today’s youth with unlimited amounts of free knowledge at theirfingertips. Goldwasser states that “Ninety –Seven Percent of the teens in the Common Core surveyconnected “I have a dream” with its speaker” (Goldwasser 667). Because of the internet, I can look upthe video of Dr.King’s speech at any given moment with a laptop, Google it on an iPod or read it on aNook. The internet has made information available to everybody in some way shape or form, versusencyclopedias and books. Back in the days they couldn’t just flip a cell phone and look through any oftheir local libraries’ inventory for a copy of “The Diary of Anne Frank”; not to mention that they couldn’tbuy and download it from off the web. Not long ago that laptop, Kindles, Nook, and iPods were availableto us. For example,if you didn’t own encyclopedias, you had to get a ride to the nearest library to doyour homework. The realities of today seem so distant to the older generation. If they would open theireyes they would see what a great tool the internet can be, not saying that the internet within itself isn’tresponsible for a lot of damage. With the good, comes the bad, but in this case the good outweighs thebad from my personal opinion. The internet also gives kids today the ability to look up almost any piece of information uponrequest but it gives millions of kids around the world the choice to voice their opinion. Once a child’sopinion was swept aside, but nowadays the internet has a big impact on our everyday lives. And withthat being said, anybody who has access to the World Wide Web can voice their opinion on any andeverything they desire. Millions of kids from around the world have visited sites like YouTube, Twitter,MySpace and Facebook to voice their opinions on everything from presidential elections to their favorite
3. Alston3fast food restaurants. With the way society depends on computers and the internet nowadays, theyouth’s voice will be heard. With devices like the iPod, Nook, and Kindle book readers on the market,the use of books might one day be overlooked. Most of the books that are released today, as well asolder ones, are now available in a digital form. Hard copies of books, as well as pens, are being pulledfrom classes.Schools around the country have already begun to issue iPods andlaptops. I couldn’t thinkof a better way to get kids more involved in learning. In ten years or so when technology becomescheaper, the use of a book bag may no longer be needed. Technology may eventually incorporate everyaspect of our lives. In conclusion,I agree with Goldwasser in saying that the internet has a more positive influenceon today’s youth than the older generation gives it credit for. Kids of today read and write on their ownfree will, they have instant access to any historical information or literature in their possession, and theyinfluence our everyday life with their opinions via the internet
I do agree with Carr that technology has shaped our way of thinking, though. I liked his example of the clock and how, after its invention, we “stopped listening to our senses and started obeying the clock.” I had never thought about this before, but I guess that’s because I’ve never lived without a sense of time; my activities and thoughts are dictated by schedules. Hmm…I can definitely see how a change in the way we think could have happened (or is happening?) as a result of the Internet. With the millions of different things we can do on our computers these days, how could it not? I think Carr pretty much sums it up when he claims:
Carr admits that we, as a culture, read a lot more because of the Web, but laments that “our ability to interpret text, to make the rich mental connections that form when we read deeply and without distraction, remains largely disengaged.” And he highlights a quote from an essay by the playwright Richard Foreman: