Nicholas crawls and pop-up ads, and magazines and
Nicholas Carrs article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” makes points that I agree with, although I find his sources to be questionable. The article discusses the effects that the Internet may be having on our ability to focus, the difference in knowledge that we now have, and our reliance on the Internet. The points that are made throughout Carrs article are very thought provoking but his sources make them seem invaluable.Carr discusses the effects that the Internet has on our minds and the way we think, as well as the way media has changed. Our minds no longer focus. When in conversation with people we are constantly distracted by the technological advances our era has brought. Text messages, emails, pop culture drama has all taken over thoughts. Our minds have changed from being able to focus and read a lengthy paper, to distracted and skimming for the little highlights to give us information. Media used to be lengthy pages full of information. Now it has turned into short snippets of the bold points in the articles, “Television programs add text crawls and pop-up ads, and magazines and newspapers shorten their articles, introduce capsule summaries, and crowd their pages with easy-to-browse info-snippets” (Carr 5). Media has played on our short attention span and constantly wondering mind by adding bright colors and bold prints to the many stories all around us. The days of one-page articles are over. Now one page turns into five to ten links, three sub-links, and twenty other sidebars. Although Carr’s sources may be highly praised in their field or study, they are not experts in the effects the Internet has on our minds. Bloggers are often very opinionated and do not pose as reliable sources for information. The fact that Carr used a blogger as one of his key point references does not make me feel like his article is strong. Another one of Carrs resources is one of his literature friends. Although this person is very well educated and highly praised in his field of study, he does not know much about the Internet and the effects it has on our minds. His statements, like the bloggers are very much opinionated. The literary scholar that says he has a tough time reading lengthy articles now is his own personal experience, not that of study and analysis. In Carrs article he discusses the way that the Internet gives us a false sense of knowledge. When we want to know about something we Google it. We find the article title that is closest to what we are searching for and we click it. In our everlasting quest to be know-it-alls we skim and skim or look for bold words and sentences until we feel that the information we have now obtained is suffice and we are considered knowledgeable about the topic. Although we feel this way, this “knowledge” is usually based off of two or three sentences that are compact and straight to the point. Our reliance on the Internet is becoming too much for our own good. With no end in sight on advances to the Internet, there is no real way to know the impact the Internet is having, “Where does it end? Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the gifted young men who founded Google while pursuing doctoral degrees in computer science at Stanford, speak frequently of their desire to turn their search engine into an artificial intelligence, a HAL-like machine that might be connected directly o our brains” (Carr 6) The thought of a search engine like Google being attached to our brains raises questions pertaining to real knowledge and artificial knowledge. If we rely on having a computer hooked up to our brains then we no longer need to think, problem solve, or do research. We will just know. The Internet may rewire our brains. No longer being able to focus on long articles, books, or papers and may begin affecting us in other ways than just reading. The attention span it takes to do things as simple as hold a conversation with a friend without checking your cell phone is slowly but surely becoming a daunting task for most. Fast, frequent, futile, information overloads the minds of todays society. Everything is expected to come quick, compact, and efficient. Sadly that is not life. Human error is unavoidable, if we allow our brains to be rewired to the point where we can no longer hold true to natural human characteristics, we are surely dooming ourselves. Although the Internet is very helpful and has created many technological advances, we as humans are not created to function like a computer. Our minds require deep thought, human interaction, and thorough knowledge of things so we can remember and fully understand concepts. The Internet in itself is a very helpful tool. The advances that have fallowed are truly amazing, along with vast array of information available. Carr’s article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” is very flawed and does not provided adequate resources to back up his claims. That being said, Carr points out things that might otherwise have been looked over and accepted as normal. His question is sincere, thought provoking, and one we all should be asking ourselves before its too late.