10 March 2018
“Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Arguments
Nicholas Carr wrote the article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” this article focuses on Carr’s opinion about the internet affecting thinking. Although Carr made many arguments, this paper will only focus on three. Starting with the internet limits human thinking, second, using the internet for searching and reading is altering the way people read and process information, last, new age technology is altering people's ability to focus and think for themselves. Google is not making us stupid, it does, however, make people lazy. The purpose of this paper is to refute Carr’s arguments and prove Google is not making us stupid.
To begin, Carr claims that the internet affects human thinking. I claim that the internet does not affect our thinking, it affects our decision to use our thinking. We as human beings make the choice to use the internet and Google for everything. With technological advances, it is easy for us to become complacent and take advantage of these tools to the extent that it is making us not want to think on our own, blaming the internet seems absurd when we make the choice to use it instead of our minds.
Also, Carr claims that using the internet for searching and reading is altering the way we, as human beings, read and process information. (Carr, pp 313) He compares 2001: a space odyssey HAL getting his brain disconnected to how Carr feels like his mind is changing. The change is that he can no longer read long texts of information without becoming distracted and is no longer deeply connected to what he is reading, stating that “Deep reading has become a...