Support Analysis Katie

"Is Google Making Us Stupid?"

  • Concentration often starts to drift (evidence, active reasoning)
    • Being able to quickly go online to be more efficient
    • Seeking convenience
  • The internet is becoming a universal medium (evidence, active reasoning)
    • Having immediate access to a wide variety of information
  • The more we use the Web, the more we have to fight to stay focused on long pieces of writing (evidence, active reasoning)
    • Our mind expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: swiftly
    • The Net is chipping away capacity for concentration and contemplation
  • We have a different way of reading now (evidence, active reasoning and evoke emotion)
    • Skimming activity
    • Read no more than one or two pages of an article or book before bouncing to another site
    • Sometimes save a long article, but no evidence that they ever went back and actually read it
    • "Power browse"
    • Text messaging
  • Reading is no longer and instinctive skill for humans (evidence, active reasoning)
    • We have to teach our minds how to translate symbolic characters we see into language we understand
  • Our brains can change
    • "has the ability to reprogram itself on the fly, altering the way it functions."
  • The internet is taking over oat of our other technologies (evidence, illustration, active reasoning)
    • maps, clock, calculator, radio, TV
  • Google (illustration, active reasoning)
    • Information is available to everyone
    • Does many experiments a day to figure out how to control information
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