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Says and Does of Is Google Making Us Stupid

Paragraph One:

Says: Google is making us stupid.

Does: Introduces using an example of a poignant scene from Stanley Kubricks 2001: A Space Odessy where Dave Bowman says he is dying because the machine he was depending on has malfunctioned.

Paragraph Two:

Says: My mind is changing. I am not thinking the way I used to think.

Does: Talks of how he no longer concentrates in a book for long since the mind starts to wonder. Reading has become more of a struggle to him.

Paragraph Three:

Says: the author understands what is happening.

Does: He spends most of his time in the internet because as a writer the internet has become so helpful. The research that used to take days can now be done in minutes.

Paragraph Four:

Says : The internet has become a common source information that flows from the eyes through the ears and into the mind.

Does: Quotes Marshall McLuhan who says that media is not just passive channels of information but they also store information.

Paragraph Five:

Says: Many people are having trouble staying focused on long pieces of writing.

Does: Gives an example of Scott Karps an online blog writer who confessed that he gave up reading books.

Paragraph Six:

Says: Other people including scholars can also not concentrate on reading.

Does: Gives examples of a blogger Bruce Friedman who said that the internet has altered his mental habits. Friedman is also a pathologist at the University of Michigan Medical School. He said he could not read Peace and War anymore.

Paragraph Seven and Eight:

Says: We are waiting for scientific experiments that prove that the internet has not affected our thinking.

Does: Talks of a research done by scholars from University College London which said that people no longer read articles during research but they schim them reading less than two pages in order to hop to the next article.

Paragraph Nine:

Says: People are currently reading more than before due to text messages but it is a different kind of reading all together.

Does: Quotes Maryanne Wolfe a psychologist at Tufts University who says we are not we read, we are how we read.

Paragraph Ten:

Says: The media and other forms of technologies used for leaning and practicing reading play a very important role in our brains.

Does: Gives an example of the Chinese who are effective readers of ideograms and how they are different from us whose reading is based on alphabets.

Paragraph Eleven to Thirteen:

Says: Words can rescue a person’s thinking.

Does: Gives an example of Friedrick Nietzsche who bought a type writer when his vision started failing him. By the sense of touch, he could still write using the type writer.

Paragraph Fourteen:

Says: The human brain is almost infinitely malleable.

Does: Writes about James Old who says that the adult brain is very plastic that it breaks nerve cell connections in order to create new ones and can also reprogram how it functions.

Paragraph Fifteen:

Says: The mechanical clock which came to effect in the 14th century is a good example of our limited time.

Does: Quotes Daniel Bell who said that intellectual technologies expand our mental clocks and not our physical capacities. Also quotes Lewis Mumford who said that the clock was created to measure human sequences.

Paragraph Sixteen:

Says: The clocks methodical ticking helped bring into being the scientific mind and the scientific man.

Does: Joseph Weizenbaum who said that the clock made people to be focused on when they should be working, rising, eating or sleeping rather than their senses

Paragraph Seventeen:

Says: The process of adapting new intellectual technologies is reflected in the changing in the metaphors we use to explain ourselves to ourselves.

Does: Explains that due to the emergence of the clock people treat their minds like clocks just as the emergence of software have made the minds behave like computers.

Paragraph Eighteen:

Says: The internet is expected to have serious effects on our minds

Does: Talks of Alan Turing a British mathematician who said that the computer is expected to have many more functions than our brains and also take over all intellectual technologies.

Paragraph Nineteen:

Says: When a net absorbs a medium that medium is absorbed on the nets page.

Does: Gives an example of an email whose arrival is announced while reading a newspapers page therefore taking over attention and concentration.

Paragraph Twenty:

Says: The internet effects do not end at the computers screen, people have made traditional media feel the impact of the internet’s availability.

Does: Gives examples of how television programs and newspaper articles set aside spaces for links and capsules with snippets of things found online.

Paragraph Twenty One:

Says: The internet does a lot of work in the communication system.

Does: Is concerned about how the internet is reprogramming people despite all its advantages.

Paragraphs Twenty Two to Twenty Six:

Says: The internet is a machine designed for the efficient and automated collection, transmission and manipulation of information and its users are expected to find the best algorithm to make it effective.

Does: Talks of Frederick Winslow Taylor who had a stop watch and went into Midvale Steele Plant where he introduced algorithm hence improving productivity.

Paragraph Twenty Seven:

Says: Where does it end?

Does: Talks of how Google founders, Sergey Brin and Larry page intend to grow artificial intelligence

Paragraph Twenty Eight:

Says: Bins and Pages ambition is a natural and admirable one for math geniuses with a lot of cash to employ employees to help them.

Does: Quotes Eric Schmidt who says that technology was created to solve problems that were never solved before. The current problem is artificial intelligence.

Paragraph Twenty Nine;

Says: Their easy assumption that the brains being supplemented or replaced is disturbing.

Does: Explains that they make it feel like the human brain is outdated and that needs a faster processor or a bigger hard drive.

Paragraph Thirty:

Says: The idea that our minds should operate as fast as data processing machines came to be due to the internet.

Does: Explains that Google and other companies grow when people schim through articles rather than read the whole articles and therefore create a lot of possibilities for people to schim

Paragraph Thirty One:

Says: Maybe I am just worried for nothing just as people are anxious about a new tool

Does: Gives an example of Platos Phaedrus who was worried that with the development of writing people relied more on written information than spoken word.

Paragraph Thirty Two:

Says: The arrival of the printing press made men less studious.

Does: Talks of arguments of different people including Clay Shirky who argued that the printing press was correct and effective.

Paragraph Thirty Three:

Says: There is a probability that those who critic the internet will come up with an intellectual capability of their own.

Does: Argues that deep, uninterrupted reading makes the mind to grow and gain more intellectual capacity compared to the internet.

Paragraph Thirty Four and Thirty Five:

Says: The quiet spaces created by the internet will not only make us lose ourselves but our culture.

Does: Gives an example of Foreman who says that the internet makes as risk turning into pancake people when we lose our culture.

Paragraph Thirty Six:

Says: I am haunted by the poignant scene from Stanley Kubricks 2001: A Space Odessy

Does: Concludes by saying that people are becoming more machine like by relying on computers and hence reducing our natural artificial intelligence.

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