Rhetorical Analysis Claire

Is it true? "Is Google making us stupid?"

The purpose of this article is to inform readers about the growing problem involving the loss of concentration when it comes to reading either books or lengthy articles. Along with the issue of the internet altering the way we think. Carr has noticed that whenever he attempts to read a book he can't hold his concentration for more than a few pages before his thoughts start to drift. Also he has found that instead of reading whole articles people will instead skim them and read bold printed words or phrases to surmise what the article is about instead of reading it. The audience for this article is whoever spends some or most of their time online. Also this article was published in the Atlantic so that would include whoever reads the Atlantic and/or online news. The author of this article is Nicholas Carr. This is an online magazine article so that is the genre and the context is opinion.

What is nice about this article is that his thesis is right up front. You don't have to put two and two together to interpret what he is writing. It is even in the title, "Is Google making us stupid?" His audience is anyone who uses the internet since the article was posted online, along with anyone above the age of 10 or so. In the article his ideas are organized into different paragraphs ending with the support for that idea. Most of the sources he used were there to support and credit his article. Either they provided facts and data or they backed up a claim made by him. I believe he made a good choice posting it online since the article is reaching out to people who use the internet and Google specifically. If he were to have printed it in the newspaper most of the people who see it would not care. If anything, they are the people who don't care for Google or the internet so he doesn't have to convince them.

The Atlantic, to which Carr posted this Article is known for posting articles about politicians and anything slightly controversial or really controversial. Anybody that reads the Atlantic would not be shocked by this writing. He wrote this article to reach out to people and spread awareness about this issue. When reading it, the tone is very serious and knowledgeable. This is an important topic because now, more than ever, people are constantly accessing the internet and using Google. He wants everyone to be more aware of what is going on. He is worried that using the internet so much will permanently change the way we think. Using the internet allows us to go a little slack. Instead of reading a whole article we can just scroll down and read the comments. If the comments burn the article than we won't bother reading it, if the comments praise the article than we can choose to read it or just scroll through the comments to determine what it's about.

The catalyst in this article is Google's effect on our minds. The main thesis is that Google is changing the way we think. Some of his supporting material includes: Friedman a pathologist from Michigan Medical School who said, "I now have almost totally lost the ability to read and absorb a longish article on the wed or in print." Along with his friends who he calls 'literary types', who have experienced the same problems. Finally he noted a study done by the University College London which lasted five years during which they studied online research habits. They noted that people more often than not quickly scanned a source to determine if it was what they were looking for. If not they would move on until they found a satisfactory article in which they would read the whole article instead of scan it. The main linkage in this article is when he talks about his own problems. He mentions what happened to him then backs it up with support. Including a personal experience about how this issue relates to you strengthens the overall article. Another one is mentioning a study that was done and than adding onto that so that he could more easily move onto the next part of his article. It added fluidity to the article, since he worries about people just skimming articles. The easier the article is to read the more likely people will not get distracted. Some implications to this could be people becoming more aware of how they spend their time online. Which is a good thing. People should not be reliant on the internet or Google. Back in the day when Google was not what it is today people would go to the library to find out something or they would ask those around them.

What do you think? Do you find yourself day dreaming as you read? If you look away from what you just read, can you remember it? I believe the overall effect of the internet varies from person to person. Today's generation grew up with technology. It has, for the most part, helped us. Of course in some aspects it has harmed us. Carr was right. We do skim articles nowadays and we read and think differently compared to past generations. Everything is so fast paced, just go and go and go, compared to how it used to be. We just have to slow down, smell the roses, and take our time reading. And maybe just put the phone down for a little while.

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