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Is Google Making Us Stupid ? Blog Response October 26, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — michellemcmanus @ 12:16 am

In ” Is Google Making Us Stupid? ” , Nicholas Carr’s claim is  ” They supply the stuff of thought , but they also shape the process of thought . And what the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation”. This means that the internet shapes the way we think and decreases our ability to focus and examine things . He then starts to talk about how the internet does not allow us to read deeply.  He explains how using the computer makes it harder to focus on long readings. Carr says that some people do a form of skimming in which they “hop from one source to another and rarely returning to any  source they’d already visited. They typically read no more than one or two pages of an article or book before they would bounce out to another site “. After this he then talks about how Google is trying to make the “perfect search engine “, that knows what you mean and gives you back the information  that you want. At the end of this reading , Carr says “As we rely on computers to mediate our understanding of the world, it is our own intelligence that flattens into artificial intelligence”. I think by this he means that by using the internet to search for answers to our questions  , the things we learn won’t be the same and we won’t fully understand what they mean compared to the things that we learn from a book .

I share Carr’s worry because I know when I read something that I’m interested in , I take the time to actually read it so that I understand what is going on . But when I have to do a reading that is super long and boring , I just skim through it so that I can get the  information and answers that I need. I also believe that our own intelligence turns into artificial intelligence because we have the capability to get the answers on our own but we are so lazy that we just use the internet because it is easier to do . People are becoming so dependent on the internet that they forget how to find information without it.


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