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We are In the twenty-first century, and this Is the Detail Age (also known as Computer Age, or Information Age). In this era, our standards of living are high, and our needs now define how we think, talk, and act. Our necessities are forcing us to multi-task, and we are only coping through the invaluable help of the International Network, commonly known as the Internet. I had the chance to read this 2005 Atlantic article In my previous English class (last spring of 2012). Since my stand on the subject matter has not changed. ND given Its significance, I decided to write anew about it, for my e-letter today. In this anta-technology piece, Pulitzer finalist Nicholas Carr accuses the Internet of harming our brains. (1 ) Carr blames the Net for the changes he noticed In his reading comprehension, likewise in his inability to concentrate reading extensive articles. (2) He argues so passionately about it, that it led to a book, entitled Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. However, is Car’s accusation warranted by science?
For contrary to his opinion, new scientific evidences are showing Internet is making us smarter and not stupid. (3) According to Michael Roseland. Author of the Braining ” _ new evidence suggests that using the Internet could actually make you smarter, and not rot your brain” (4). D Supported by scientific findings of Dry. Gary Small, of the Semen Institute of Neuroscience for Human Behavior, at the University of California, Roseland stresses hat neurologically speaking, we are benefiting from browsing the Web, or Google searching, and Just as ” . Bench presses do for our chest muscles” (5). Like Roseland, Joana Lealer of the New York Times, cited Smalls scientific findings, and pointed out that science even suggested, that Google searches actually lead to increased acuity of our doorplates prenatal cortex?the exact brain area where our precise talents Like selective attention and deliberate analysis are working, which according to Carr have allegedly vanished in this Digital Age. Personally, I am amazed Pulitzer considered Carr for such accolade, and just based his nomination on this article alone.
For in these modern days, indeed, our needs demand us to multi-task and be practical at all times. For gone are the days of consecration, and we are no longer at liberty to spend hours “digesting” every word care of. Carr cited a quite relevant article dated 1960 from Marshall Mclean. However, with more than five decades passed, is Macaulay’s theory still applicable? For Car’s citations from the nineteenth-century are now obsolete. In this regard, I hope we careful examine, if those citations are still applicable these days.
Moreover, are there any medical or scientific findings that validate Car’s arguments? For isn’t it, if one is talking about health, it is Just fair for us, readers, to demand experts’ words before we even buy one’s hasty accusations? In conclusion, Google is not making us stupid. Rather, it encourages us to be resourceful. Most especially, it empowers our fingertips that we now can dig on information and knowledge without carrying heavy books and burning our eyes in extensive reading.
Moreover, these days, we only do things that are necessary, because we know that’s the practical way of living. For In this era of Computer Age, we think fast; we talk fast; we read fast, and we act fast, because we simply have to. For in this Digital Age, we think practically; we talk practically; we read practically, and we act practically, because we value our time. Lastly, we are coping with most of our responsibilities through the invaluable help of the Internet?we should really thank science for it!