Sally Fitzgibbons Foundation

Beginning the Academic Essay

Nicholas Carr, author of Is Google Making Us Stupid”, was published in the 2008 edition of The Atlantic magazine as a six-page story. The author discusses how the world of technology is evolving over time from writing letters to emailing. Carr’s main argument is how people are using the internet more to think critically less than comprehending textbooks and encyclopedias. The author’s intended audience is for adults who uses the internet frequently. Carr’s tone of this article is mostly serious, by using a variety of explanations and examples.
Carr uses different examples and people throughout the article. For example, Friedrich Nietzsche, bought a typewriter in 1882. Carr explains his reasoning of buying one. His reason was to improve his eyesight of writing papers. Before, Nietzsche was having a hard time to write, having headaches, and was losing his eyesight. His work had a subtle effect of the machine. One of his friend’s noticed a dramatic change in his style of writing.
Another example that Carr used was Frederick Winslow Taylor. While Nietzsche started using the typewriter, Frederick began a historic series of experiments to improve the efficiency of the plant’s machinists.

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