Support Analysis Alex

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The author claims that the Net is "chipping away his capacity for concentration and contemplation,

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He uses verification from another writer to support this, Scott Karp wrote that he used to be a constant reader but now because of reading off the internet he has been reading for convenience. He quotes several other scholars who support his claim through verification. He is building credibility.

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He says that they found that people skim more and read less

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He talks about a study conducted at the University College London, the study concluded that people using the sources provided to them tended to skim instead of reading the full thing. This is evidence. He is building credibility.

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The circuits woven by the use of the net is different than by reading books

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He uses the idea that Chinese who read ideograms develop a different mental circuit than those of us who use an alphabet. This is an illustration, he is activating reasoning.

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He says that the brain is malleable.

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His claim is supported by James Olds, a professor of neuroscience who says the mind is very plastic. This is verification and it is activating reasoning.
He quotes Plato who feared about humans relying on the written word, this is verification and it builds credibility.
He finishes off by calling us pancake people, spread wide and thin. this is illustration, it is evoking emotion.

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