25 January 2018
“Is Google Making Us Stupid?”
In this article, Nicholas Carr explains how the effects of the internet are making us “stupid.” He uses many different examples and anecdotes to help state his point and get it across to the reader. Carr also explains his own personal experiences, of how it is harder for him to concentrate while reading longer articles. I feel that Carr’s argument is compelling and I agree with his argument, however most of his sources could be stronger and more affectual.
As the reader I was unfamiliar with who Nicholas Carr was and upon further research I found out that he is an American author that writer primarily on the topics of technology, business and culture. Carr uses his own opinions several times in the article but does not seem to have much authentic credibility to his opinions to convince the readers. He follows his opinions with testaments from his friends and colleagues. Many of his colleagues seem to have the same struggles that he has when it comes to being able to immerse themselves into a reading and really be able to analyze what they are reading. He uses one example of a blogger, Scott Karp, who was a literary arts major in college, who used to be an avid book reader, but he has now stopped reading books altogether. Karp speculates that it is not the way he reads that has changed but the convenience of reading on the web is the real reason for the switch.
Next Carr cites a study done by researchers at the University College London, in which the way users of research sites were observed to only skim the pages and move from one topic to the next, never coming back. It was part of a five-year research program, that examined computer logs documenting the behavior of visitors to popular research sites. The researched showed that readers tended to read no more than one or two pages of an article before moving on. This research is very compelling because it shows concrete examples and evidence of how the way we are reading has changed as technology has changed. Our thought process and logic are different than they were twenty years ago. Carr does a good job with providing numerous examples of how the internet is changing the way we read and think. However, the downside of the research Carr analyzes is that the article as a whole seems to be unorganized and does not point back to his original argument. He seems to just be presenting numerous different anecdotes, examples and opinions. If Carr’s purpose is to convince the reader that his opinion is correct he does not do a good job of appealing to the readers emotions and engaging them. What is ironic about what Carr is saying is it does not become absolutely clear that Carr wants you to believe that the changes in how we read are a...