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"Is Google Making Us Stupid?"

In Nicholas Carr's article, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" he claims that our frequent use of the internet is making us narrow minded, and less advocate readers. He makes many claims on why he believes this is true. While he does have some support for his argument, he lacks a lot of facts and research from a lot of his claims. His purpose of writing the article was to tell his audience that having the luxury of the internet has made us "skimmers," rather than heavy readers. Nicholas Carr has written several articles for websites including "The Atlantic," The New York Times," and "The Wall Street Journal." Having wrote articles on all of these well known sites, readers might take him more seriously, or the other way around if the readers didn't like his other articles.

The article was published on a website called "The Atlantic." This website typically has articles and information on politics and a lot of debatable content. Having this article on this website suggests his primary audience would be the people who read on this website and other websites like this. Typically "literary" people who are interested in learning more about important issues of the present-day. Which is why in his article he states that he has talked to fellow colleagues, "literary types," and they agree that they've become so used to skimming the internet, they hardly do any deep reading. The way Carr talks in his article suggests his audience are older, scholarly people who frequently surf the web. Older people in specific because they didn't have computers growing up, meaning they might feel the same way as him on how their reading methods have changed throughout the years.

The catalyst of this article is that Carr noticed he couldn't get interested in deep reading anymore. He has become used to solving his problems through a quick search engine, rather than reading a book for hours to find out what he wants to know. He used to love to read for hours but now he can't focus for that long, and he's blaming the internet.

His thesis is that it is all the internet's fault. He believes that if it weren't for the internet he'd still be interested in reading for hours at a time. His thesis is basically the title of his article, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" He tries to give a lot of support to back this theory up. He states that James Olds, a professor of neuroscience says that "Our nerve cells routinely break old connections and form new ones. The brain has the ability to reprogram itself on the fly, altering the way it functions." This is Carr's evidence that its possible that is what's happening with our brains, and now we're skimmers instead of readers.

There aren't any consequences and Carr isn't stating that he wants people to stop using the internet. He is just informing us on his opinion of what he thinks is happening.

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