Missing Support B E N W

1. Where was this article originally published?

2. Who is the original audience? What background knowledge would most readers have?

  • The original audience is people who use the internet. Most readers probably have background knowledge in how to use a computer and the internet. They are also most likely curious about the issue.

3. When writing, how do we decide whether claims, evidence, and linkages are open to question and therefore need support?

  • When we are reading we notice when a writer makes a claim but does not explain why. We also notice when a section of writing seems out of place within the rest of the piece.

Nicholas Carr does not support these claims:

  • "In a 2004 interview with Newsweek, Brin said, "Certainly if you had all the world's information directly attached to your brain, or an artificial brain that was smarted than your brain, you'd be better off." Last year, Page told a convention of scientists that Google is "really trying to build artificial intelligence and to do it on a large scale" (267).
  • “We are how we read.” Wolf worries that the style of reading promoted by the Net, a style that puts “efficiency” and “immediacy” above all else, may be weakening our capacity for the kind of deep reading that emerged when an earlier technology, the printing press, made long and complex works of prose commonplace" (265).
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