As I'm sure that all of you read Nicholas Carr's article "Is Google Making Us Stupid," I can't help but wonder if you agree with the overall message of this writing. According to Carr, you probably only read about the first 3 or 4 paragraphs of his entire article but regardless of that, he brings up some interesting points. It is definitely an eye-opener to think about the way Google and the internet influence our lives, and to think about how we would respond to losing them. However, to say that Google is making us stupid seems a bit far-fetched.
It is definitely fair to say that our generation is conditioned to respond better to stream-lined information, and we tend toward fast-paced delivery of that information. This is evident in the way news and information is presented to us. Carr expresses the idea that this is possibly making us as a society less intelligent. He Quotes a developmental psychologist from Tufts University in saying the people are becoming "mere decoders of information." Personally, I cannot see the harm in people becoming much faster and more efficient at processing information; if anything, I see this as a benefit among the many potential problems with the way we give and receive information. The busy world we live in requires us to keep up, and it makes me nervous to think about what would happen if we decided to simply slow things down again. Though my obvious bias lies in the fact that I was born and raised into this fast-paced world, I see much more good in it than harm.
Along the same lines, Carr even reports the original scare that the Gutenberg printing press would cause people to become lazy when books and literature became readily available. I'm not even sure where to start on the notion that the availability of books could make someone less knowledgeable and studious. I do, however, know that the invention of the printing press was one of the most positive and influential steps forward that humans have ever taken, and I am unable to see how technology and the internet could be considered otherwise.
So, with the advice of Carr's article, I'll keep this short and sweet. I find Carr's article quite interesting and his ideas are, at the very least thought-provoking and I am curious how everyone else in the class feels about his notions of the internet's influence on society.