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Rhetorical Analysis

The article "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" is written by Nicholas Carr. In the article Nicholas Carr talks about how he believes the internet us making us stupid. When he says "us" he is talking about everyone that uses the Internet or Google. Carr has many different points that support his claim. Many of his supports are experiences he has had himself or about his colleagues. At the beginning of the article the author believes that someone is tinkering with his brain causing him to be confused a lot of the time. He believes this is due to using the internet so much.

One of Carr's claims is that over a few years Carr has realizes that he is unable to read longer articles or books. He talks about how his mind starts wondering while reading, and he finds himself disinterested in reading much at all. He supports this claim by stating that over the past ten years the internet has grown and became available to almost everyone. He also says that because people can get their information so quickly from the internet they find themselves wanted to read and search for it less and less. A lot of times people are skimming over an article or reading rather than just reading what its about, portraying that people are getting lazier when it comes to reading. This was tested by the University College of London.

Another Claim that Carr made a point of was that people are reading now more than ever before. Now people have texting, email, blogs, and social medias to write about whatever they want. Although we are writing more, its not the same quality of writing as before. His support for this claim is that the writing we do now is more efficient and weakens our wanting to do any deep reading. I personally don't think that this is the case. When you look at people's blogs online, there are many great writings that are deep reading. They have great quality, and yes they are different, but things will always change over the years.

Carr says that the amount of time spent online leads to a lack of focus and concentration. He supports this claim by talking about his friend Scott Karp, who is the literary type. Karp finds himself not wanting to ready anymore, although he was a very heavy reader before.

Carr had a lot of claims that didn't have adequate supports for them. On example is when he said "If we had all the world's information directly attached to your brain, or an artificial brain that was smarter than our brain, we'd be better off." He also said that Google was trying to build an artificial intelligence and to do it on a large scale. The claim had no support.

Another example of him lacking support for his claim is when he says that "if we lose those quiet spaces, or fill them up with content, we will sacrifice something important not only in ourselves, but in our culture." Carr lacks a link between culture and reading. Everyone has a different way of reading. One culture may read more than another, and that could either help or hurt them.

I think Carr has some good points about how the internet is affecting our lives, but I don't agree that it is making us stupid. The internet in turn has really benefit our whole world. Information is now just a click a way. It has helped everyone be more efficient from the school, to the hospital. Overall this was a good article and made me realize that maybe I spend too much time on the internet and not enough reading anymore.

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