IS Google Making us Stupid

Sociology / September 9, 2016 /

The Truth Behind Google
Have you every truly thought about the way you use Google? Some people basically use it as a replacement of an education, while others use it to find information quick and easy. The first article named “Yes”, written by Nicholas Carr, describes how Google is making people stupid. The second article titled “No”, written by Peter Norvig explains that Google is not making people dumb. Carr wants to display that most people use Google to find answers, and in that way, they don’t learn much. Nevertheless, Norvig expresses that Google is only advancing our knowledge in a faster and simpler way. While both articles state strong opinions, “Yes” provides better and more examples to persuade the reader and is less complicated to read than “No”.

First of all, in “Yes”, Nicholas Carr makes superior statements by having bias opinions and supplying examples that are clear to understand. In his article he declares, “You can Google all the facts you want, but you’ll never Google your way to brilliance” (1). This quote is Carr’s main argument. He gives the reader his belief that Google does not truly and deeply teach someone; it is simply just giving the person material without the learning part. The quote tells the reader that the author sticks to his own opinion about the topic, and one that is clear to comprehend. He makes it so the reader knows exactly what he is talking about, unlike “No”. While Carr thinks that people who use Google are not accurately learning the right way, Norvig thinks the opposite. However, Carr uses believing examples to prove his point. This is presented when the author writes, “If we’re distracted, we understand less, remember less, and learn less” (1). Here, he is trying to verify the reader that Google only distracts us. He uses pathos because he is stating his opinion. He wants the reader to understand that there is no way one can concentrate with a bunch of distractions, so he gives an example of his opinion (using a patho) to show that. Also, Carr uses loaded language because he is trying to persuade the reader on his topic. He tries to make Google look like the guilty one by distracting people, instead of essentially teaching. His way of arguing is effective because using pathos and loaded language is a proper way to state an opinion, instead of just cluttering a bunch of erratic examples together, as how “No” is set up. In Nicholas Carr’s article, he declares, “But I worry about what Google is doing to our brains” (1). He wants the reader to recognize the harm that is being brought by Google. This quotation exhibits the author’s biased perspective. He is presenting his opinion on the issue and notifying that Google is not helping our education, the way we think, and/or how we do things. This paragraph proves that Nicholas Carr uses a more proper way of presenting his outlook on Google, if is making us stupid or not.

Second of all, in “No”, Peter Norvig uses little loaded language, unclear pathos/ethos/logos, and biased opinions. In his article he articulates, “When the history of our current age is written, it will say that Google has made us smarter-both individually and collectively-because we have ready and free access to information” (1). This quote is explaining his main argument. He is saying how Google is going to make us smart because of its embellishments. The quote is kind of all over the place, meaning that everything is put in arbitrary spots. He starts off with a little bit of history, and then goes into English, adding an extra part using dashes, instead of commas. Because of this, it is a little more difficult for the reader to understand and comprehend. “Yes” is set up in a way that is unchallenging to read because the quotes are put more into simpler, yet effective sentences. Norvig remarks, “Suppose I’m interested in the guidance computers on Apollo spacecraft in the 1960s. My local library has no books on that specific subject – just 18 books about the Apollo missions in general” (1). Here, Norvig is screening that the library does not have what he is looking for. His real life example is used in a decent way; however, he is not using loaded language. It does not really persuade the reader on how Google is making us stupid or not. Also, he is not actually displaying his use of pathos; he is only just giving an example that does not really get the reader to believe on whether Google is helping us or discouraging us. According to Norvig, he notes, “The Internet contains the world’s best writing, images, and ideas; Google lets us find the relevant pieces easily” (1). He wants the reader to know that Google is a faster way to get things done. Just like Nicholas Carr, Peter Norvig turns out to be a biased person. He proves his point, and points out which side he agrees on. In this case, he does not think that Google is making us dumb. Being biased is not corrupt because they are only making their statement. This paragraph verifies that Peter Norvig does not think Google is making people stupid. He desires for the reader to know that it is just a way of finding information fast and easy.

Article “Yes” and article “No” both have persuading quotes and strong opinions; however, article “Yes” makes more sense and gives a worthy example of loaded language. In “Yes”, Nicholas Carr wants the reader to know that Google is not the accurate way to learn because the reader will not truly process it through their mind, leading to not remembering what they searched up. Nevertheless, Peter Norvig is stating that Google is not decreasing someone’s learning ability; it is actually helping it because people can find out more information. This topic matters because most students my age use Google as a helpful resource. But, they could be using Google to answer every question they have, instead of actually using their brain and answering it themselves. I use Google when I don’t know a definition in English, or if I need to translate something in Spanish. Google is very supportive for me when I need help on homework, but I don’t know if it is actually making my learning capability worse or better.


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