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The Internet has become a great tool for our use in the pursuit ofknowledge Search engines like Google allow us to instantly findinformation that we are looking for and therefore gaining almostimmediate knowledge on a topic However recently there have been somepeople who believe search engines like Google are doing the opposite andinstead are making us stupid they believe that the Internet isreplacing knowledge with information and contemplation with efficiencySuch a person who has this believe is Nicholas Carr a contributor forThe Atlantic Nicholas Carr wrote an article for The Atlantic titledIs Google Making Us Stupid In his article Carr makes the argumentthat reading online is less thought provoking then reading books Inthis paper I will focus on the various claims that Carr uses to supporthis argument My analysis will focus on three claims that Carr makes 1The Internet causes us to be distracted 2 The way we read on theInternet is changing the way we think therefore making us lesscontemplative 3 The values associated with reading online areassociated with efficiency and information gathering rather thanknowledge and understandingThe first claim that Nicholas Carr makes is that the Internet causes usto be distracted He supports his claim with personal examples andstories of his acquaintances Carr states that the Internet is full ofads hyperlinks and other media that is meant to distract us He givesthe example of someone reading the latest headlines in a newspaper sitewhen suddenly a new e-mail messages announces its arrival with a tone ofsome sort he says that the The result is to scatter our attention anddiffuse our concentration He goes on to say that this is not onlyseen in the Internet but it can also be seen in television showsnewspapers and other media not being presented online He says Aspeoples minds become attuned to the crazy quilt of Internet mediatraditional media have to adapt to the audiences new expectationsCarr says that this change has led television shows to add text crawlsand pop-up
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