Nicholas Carr in his
article titled “Is google making us stupid” he launches a hypothesis that he
has developed in the past few years in the shallows: “what the internet is
doing to our brains” thus carrying the load on the internet as a whole and more
precisely on the search engine of “Page” and “Brin”. The article seems to be an
“essay” on the dangerousness of google when to our thinking ability. Example,
Nicholas Carr said, “Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or
three pages. I get fidgety, lose the thread, and begin looking for something
else to do. I feel as if I’m always dragging my wayward brain back to the text.
The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle”. This is to
Make us understand the impact that google is doing in our brain. Furthermore, he wrote this article as his
personal essay about his own experience to create appeal of pathos, logos and
ethos. On how he was using internet and how it has influencing the way he
First, in the article Nicholas Carr uses ethos to persuade
the readers to believe on what he was saying about is opinion “is google making
He Postulates that after “more than ten years” intensive use of the
internet, carr “no longer thinks the same way as before”. he is now
unable to read books for several hours without having the impression of
struggle and he ensures that others are in the same case, he took as an example
of two “bloggers” such as Scott Karp and Bruce Friedman, hard readers during
their years academics but that they have lost the ability to focus on their
readings, as long as they become too long since they have been on the Internet.
furthermore It is not by
reading in itself that cause problem but our method, because we read a lot more
nowadays “we may well be reading today more today than we did in the 1970s
or 1980s” said Carr.
Nicholas Carr is worried about what he considers to be a new form of Taylorism.
I believe He used pathos to get the reader feeling. He appeals to the emotions of the public by
making us understand what the robot says with passion.” What makes it so poignant and so weird, is the “computers
personal’s response to the disassembly of its mind: its despair as one circuit
after another goes dark it’s childlike pleading with the astronaut ‘I can feel
it. I can feel it. I am afraid’ and it is final reversion to what can only be called
a state of innocence”.
Additionally here is another pathos Carr evoke at
the beginning of his article “I can feel it, too. Over the past few years I’ve
had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with
my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory. My mind
isn’t going—so far as I can tell—but it’s changing. I’m not thinking the way I
used to think. I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading”. This is to attract
the reader emotion.
Third in the article Nicholas Carr uses Legos to persuade
the readers by giving them some fact about what he pointed out “is google
making us stupid”. Therefore one of the point he mention is that “The Internet is a machine designed for the
efficient and automated collection, transmission, and manipulation of
information, and its legions of programmers are intent on finding the “one best
method” means that google attempts to model us in the image of the
internet”. Thu, Google tries to model us
with the image of the Internet, moreover, he refutes the idea that “to
possess all the information of the world directly attached to our brain”
is a good thing, considering that this logic of thought leaves little room for
the vagueness and the reflection.
Finally, carr used rhetorical strategies to
persuade the reader on how internet is wiring our braids and that we are
becoming dependent on it. In his book, “The Shallows: What the Internet Is
Doing to Our Brains,” author Nicholas Carr demonstrated with his own experience
influence the way we think the internet affect
irresistible affect upon our
knowledge ever since we inscribed something on papyrus or invented tools.
is almost as much a part of been human as short term memory in anyways.