Rhetorical Analysis Tix

"Is Google Making Us Stupid? What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains" Analysis

The purpose of Nicholas Carr's article is to convince the reader that the internet is responsible for a "new" kind of thinking, one that inhibits critical thinking and contributes impatience with longer texts. Carr tries to convince his audience that the internet is making the generation stupid, his intended audience is middle-age, educated readers of the online magazine, "The Atlantic". There are several clues given as to why this is the intended audience, in one case he uses an example from his own experience where he takes a casual survey of his friends. "I'm not the only one. When I mention my troubles with reading to friends and acquaintances-literary types most of them- many say they're having similar experiences."(pg. 263) This evidence trying to persuade an audience that is around the author's age, and appeal to "literary types" or a more educated crowd. The author presents himself as a scholarly writer, which would give him some credibility to be able to make such claims as to how reading has changed. Another point to address is that the article is from the the media genre, the article was published in an online magazine and written for online readers. This might also be a tactic to persuade online users to recall instances where they may have had trouble reading longer articles online or not. Carr targeted his audience well, he appealed to their education and age, his mode of publication was also purposeful and may have helped in persuading the directed audience. Although he chose these elements well, the argument itself was lacking in support for his claims.

Nicholas Carr wrote his article "Is Google Making Us Stupid? What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains" in an effort to convince the readers that the internet has created a new way of thinking. In the article he tells the reader that the catalyst for this paper was his lack of focus during reading longer books and articles. His claim is that the internet has made him think different. Although the question of the internet introducing a new way of thinking is a good one, it is not well supported in Carr's article. For one of his supports he uses himself and his friends as evidence, he tries to build credibility as he calls them literary types, but this evidence is bias and rudimentary. It would be expected for this claim to be backed up by more that just his friends. In another case Carr fails to link his support and misrepresents the case as support. On page 264 Carr cites a study that's results showed the the public was exhibiting skimming behavior, although this seems compelling it neither proves that the internet "is making us stupid" or defines a "new" way of thinking.This evidence alone is not enough to be support, due to it not being linked with anything previous. In another instance Carr tries to link to his claim that there is a new kind of thinking and reading. "…we may well be reading more today than we did in the 1970's or 1980's…But its a different kind of reading"(pg.264) Carr does not explain how it is a different kind of reading, instead he only implies that because there is more technology now it is different. He makes several more secondary claims that he tries to use as evidence, but he fails to back up these claims. Without support and linkages to the support the argument is weakened.

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