Support Analysis Paris

I read the article "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" from our text book, So What? The material that I read about in Chapter 2 seemed to have a lot of information and some of it was fairly new to me. Some of the information also got a little confusing, especially the information I need to know in order to complete this assignment such as evidence, verification, illustrations, primary source, secondary source, and original source. They are all tied together and in some cases, some support can be an example of more than one of these ideas.
I read the article more than once and managed to feel pretty good about the support examples that I found in the text. Most of them I believe are verification where the author uses quotes from other educated people that have talked about this topic. Many times however, the other two examples of support, evidence and illustrations, do show up. Sometimes the author's support goes under more than one of these categories.
The author early on in the article says, "Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski." I liked this support because it was illustration and really got me thinking about what it really is like to surf the internet so quickly and find exactly what I need within seconds. It is a good supporting statement because it gets the reader thinking about their actions on the internet and in turn has them realize that the author is making a very valid point. I could relate very easily to this statement because the illustration reminds me of what I sometimes feel like when researching a topic online.
What the author added from a quote said by Bruce Friedman really stuck out to me. He quoted him saying "I now have almost totally lost the ability to read and absorb a longish article on the web or in print. I can't read 'War and Peace' anymore. I've lost the ability to do that. Even a blog post more than three or four paragraphs is too much to absorb. I skim it." This quote is support under the verification category. This quote shows that it is not just a coincidence that the author cannot focus on his reading anymore. It supports that this problem is common among those who used to read willingly and enjoy it, now seem to get sidetracked because of their reliance on skimming.
The author adds a study of online research habits, conducted by scholars from the University College London, into his article.Those who participated in the study showed "a form of skimming activity". This support is an example of evidence and verification. Those conducting the study did the observing, but we can also observe their findings. This supports the idea that Google could possibly be making us "stupid" because it is clearly a wide spread phenomenon that is affecting many. It could possibly have a great impact on our education and the accuracy at which we learn material. He adds that those in the study "read no more than one or two pages of an article or book before they would 'bounce' out to another site." This support seems to be an example of verification and illustration. It is verification, because we look look up this study and read about something that someone else has analyzed. It is illustration, because we can imagine someone "bouncing" from site to site.
I enjoyed the author's illustration support when quoted what Foremann said, "we risk turning into 'pancake people' — spread wide and thin as we connect with that vast network of information accessed by the mere touch of a button." This analogy really gave me a good perspective on what the internet and Google are doing to us. In a way, it gave me a visual of people actually "bouncing around" to different sites. In a sense we are becoming the definition of "pancake people" because of our lack of depth put into our learning. This is also a verification support because the author looked up what Foreman had already observed and used his idea in this article.
Lastly, I found a illustration support that the author used. He said, "The human brain is just an outdated computer that needs a faster processor and a bigger hard drive." This is a great support because it is completely an illustration of what our human brain is and it connected directly to what the author is trying to get across to us. These days our brain is outdated compared to a computer and the rate at which a computer processes information. We also need a bigger "hard drive" because we are processing so much more information because of our access to so many different sites that pop up within seconds.

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