Rhetorical Analysis Rough Draft LM

Rough Draft
In the article by Nicholas Carr, the main purpose is for him to convey how the Internet, and Google specifically have caused his reading ability to diminish at a rapid rate. The target audience is an elderly group of people. Teenagers and the up and coming generation, have grown up with technology all around us. The people who are struggling are those who have had to transform there reading style to be Internet savvy. The article is written in a form of narrative nonfiction. Nicholas gives factual information, but his also telling how he has been impacted also by the art of “skimming”. Nicholas also speaks about how a friend of his has been affected by this and can longer read a book that used to be a fairly easy read.

Catalyst: I can feel it, too. Over the past few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory. My mind isn’t going—so far as I can tell—but it’s changing. I’m not thinking the way I used to think.

Nicholas begins to state his problems, how his mind feels differently than it used to. It gives a sense that. It gives curiosity to the readers as to why Carr’s mind is changing and how it is so deeply affected.

Thesis or central claim: Is google making us stupid?
This is a controversial thesis for Nicholas to have. I don’t think it is necessarily google that is making us stupid but simply the way we look at information. When you look at the group Nicholas is presenting to, they are the older generation that has grown up by reading the newspaper every morning and being forced to read a 300 page book to find the slightest amount of information that could be helpful to their piece of writing. This generation is not used to the new technology that has come up over the last 20 years. The teenagers and young adults in this generation wake up every morning and the first thing they do is check their iphones, ipads, or hit up the computer to read up on the latest news. Even though we use and have grown up with technology, our generation also enjoy sitting down with a good book, whether it be paperback or bought on an e-reader or kindle.

Support: Nicholas goes on to explain how he is unable to read lengthy publications. He finds his mind wondering, unable to picture the text as he used to be able to. Nicholas is not alone. A friend of his finds himself unable to read one of his favourite books anymore. He finds it excruciatingly painful. His mind wanders and he can’t focus on the task at hand.

Linkages: At the end of a paragraph when Nicholas explains how the type of text that is read on the internet is not up to par as it puts efficiency over immediacy, he states how the internet has caused the ability to interpret text and make mental connections that come when you read deeply and without distraction has become disconnected.

Implication: In order to make a statement like this, you must look at all age groups. Personally, I don’t find that my ability to read books and become engaged in what I’m reading diminishing because of the type of text that is found on the internet. Elderly or older adults are going to find it difficult to make the transition. They haven’t grown up around these technologies like we have. To say that our intelligence is going to flat line into an artificial intelligence is far-fetched. Technology is going to take intelligence to the next step, not diminish it.

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