Nicholas Carr's 'Is Google Making USupid?'

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Is Google Making us Stupid? In the article Is Google Making us Stupid, Nicholas Carr validates all of the reasons why Google maybe taking a toll on the human mind and body. Carr addresses the idea of how the Net is changing the way humans operate, the way they read, and their mentality. The way the author portrayed what the internet was doing to his mind was by using the analogy of someone tinkering with his brain. “Over the past few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone or something has tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuity, reprogramming the memory” (Carr). By using the Net each day, he feels he has come to rely on it because of all of the things it has at his fingertips. Carr felt that though the advantages are plentiful, they come at a price.…show more content…
Carr addresses the point that he notices small changes in the way he thinks, feeling it most strongly when he is reading. “They supply the stuff of thought, but they also shape the process of thought” (Carr). Other bloggers also conceded that they had noticed changes in the way they perceive things through literature. Scott Karp and Bruce Friedman described how the Internet has compressed their mentality. A developmental psychologist discusses how reading is not an instinctive skill for humans. Humans were taught how to read and write. It is not something permanently etched into all the genes of each culture to be able to read and write. Therefore, our brain is easily influenced by the Internet. “The human brain is almost indefinitely malleable” (Carr). At first, it was believed human brains were largely fixed when we reached adulthood. It was found that the previous, common belief was false. The brain has the ability to completely rewire itself, affecting the way it functions as a
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