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Rhetorical Analysis Notes

  • Purpose: the purpose of this article is to make the reader think about the consequences that Google has played in our life. Another purpose that this particular article has is to inform the reader of how they believe Good is making us stupid. The author is trying to tell the reader that that the internet has a negative affected the way we go about reading and learn.
  • Audience/Author: the author is Nicholas Carr. His article was published by The Atlantic. I believe the audience was intended for anyone who uses the Internet or who has used the Internet.
  • Genre/Context: In the article the author uses an explicit thesis, that the Internet has made people stupid. In the article the author uses different support of his claims. He uses his colleges and his own experiences.

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  • Catalyst: The author talks about how he feels like something or someone is tinkering with his brain and reprogramming his memory. He said that his mind wasn't going as far as it used to.
  • Main Claim (thesis): "Google is making us stupid", that is his thesis
  • Supports:
    • Concentration often starts to drift
    • The Internet is becoming a universal medium
    • The more we use the Web, the more we have to fight to stay focused on long pieces of writing
    • We have a different way of reading now
    • Reading is no longer an instinctive skill for humans
    • Our brains can change
    • The Internet is taking over our other technologies
    • Google.
  • Linkages:?
  • Implications:
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