Blog Post #3 – Google and Stupidity

Leslie’s argument is Google and other search engines make it easier for us to access knowledge. This, in turn, makes it more difficult for humans to pose deep, challenging, and intellectual questions. Leslie argues that the ability to have more and more inquiries can be contributed to simply not knowing the answer. It is when we don’t know the answer we strive harder to find it. With this drive, we also create more inquiries and strive to answer them as well.

The information gap is the gap between knowing just enough and knowing everything. It is in this gap that the curiosity to know more and ask more questions is developed. This is relevant to me because I have to write a research paper. In this research paper, I know enough about my topic (hunting) to be interested in my inquiry, but I also do not know everything about it that I cannot ask more questions about it. The information gap is extremely relevant to Leslie’s argument. Without the information gap, there is no curiosity. Without curiosity, there are no more deep inquiries, and ultimately without deep inquiries, our brains become less able to retain information. Overall Google is causing us to ask fewer and fewer questions when we need to ask more and more.

Other than the titles, both articles main theme is how the instant access to information has changed the way we think. Carr’s “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” conveys a very casual tone whereas Leslie’s “Google Makes Us All Dumber” portrays a more sophisticated and scholarly tone. I find Leslie’s “Google Makes Us All Dumber” more persuasive mostly because he uses a more sophisticated tone. He also does not have any anecdotes in his writing. Instead, he has many credible sources. This added to a scholarly tone is more persuasive than Carr’s “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”. Also, Leslie’s article was shorter and more to the point than Carr’s. Ironically Carr talked about how we cannot keep our attention to long articles anymore, yet he wrote a long article. I do believe the arguments in both of these articles. They make a lot of sense and I can relate to them. Both authors also have credible sources and research to back their claims making their argument more convincing.

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