Support Analysis Berkelman
  • Claims
    • the internet is diminishing his ability to concentrate and understand things (263)
    • we read and think in a different way (264)
    • the internet has effects on cognition (266)
    • the internet is taking over for our brains and way of thinking (267)
  • Supports
    • he says people close to him say they too have experienced this problem when they spend a lot of time online and bloggers, like Scott Karp and Bruce Friedman, says that they have stopped reading books all together and won't read certain articles depending on the length, they wonder if it is because of the time they spend online (263)
    • study showing that people skim the information they read instead of reading it (264)
    • a developmental psychologist, Maryanne Wolf, says that the internet has developed a new type of reading that puts "efficiency" and "immediacy" above all else and weakens our ability to read deeply (265)
    • the brain is "very plastic" and "has the ability to reprogram itself on the fly, altering the way it functions" so even adults can develop a new way of reading (265)
    • the internet is full of distractions and causes us to lose our concentration (266)
    • "in Google's world, the world we enter when we go online, there's little place for the fuzziness of contemplation" (267)
  • Support Category
    • Evidence-asks people close to him
    • Verification-study was already done by someone else
    • Verification-got the information from a psychologist
    • Verification-found that from a study
    • Evidence-although he could have looked that up, he also could have gained it from personal experience
    • Verification-he gained the information from Newsweek
  • Support Purpose
    • Building credibility-he wants to show that he's not the only one who experiences it
    • Building credibility-a study helps back the information and show that it the claim is true
    • Activating reasoning-wants people to see the "new" type of reading and think about it
    • Building credibility-show that even adults can be effected by the internet and anyone can develop a new way of reading
    • Activating reasoning-wants people to think about their distractions and how a book or magazine is better
    • Activate reasoning-show that Google and other sites online don't allow for much of a thought process
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