HW – Carr

Read “Is Google Making Us Stupid” by Nicholas Carr and write response to the questions below. 

  • What did you think of this text? Explain! Don’t worry if you don’t like it, you won’t hurt my feelings! Be honest! 
  • What is it mostly about? Write a 2-3 sentence summary. Be specific. Refer to the text itself. Use quotes even! 
  • What is the genre of the text? What is the tone?
  • Who do you think is the intended audience of the piece? Who is meant to read this text?
  • What do you think is the purpose of this text? Why do you think the author wrote it?
  • So what does Carr think, is Google making us stupid? How does he explain it? 
  • Think about one time you used Google recently, describe it!
  • Now what do you think? Do you agree or disagree?


  1. Jada

    1- I did like this text, because it shows how sometimes we second guess our knowledge and we need to go on google to get our information/ check it to make sure it’s right. i also like the outline of the writing as well.

    2- The text is mostly about how goggle help society lose the idea of deeply thinking and putting pieces together. Also how goggle can mess with our heads and we always looking stuff up even though we may already the answer.

    3- I would say the tone would be worrisome.

    4- I think this was intended for everyone because we all use goggles for something/everything.

    5- His purpose was so that he can enlighten readers that not everything you see on goggle is true and shows how we might be getting the wrong answers. he wrote this text to show people even though goggle may seem like the right place it could be telling us the wrong information

    6- He feels like it is because he describes it as a system that might as well have been designed to foster distractedness.

    7- App for sneakers/ clothing

    8- I agree with Carr because in a way we always knew certain stuff without having to look on goggles but now everyone including me look everything up on goggle and just goes with whatever we find. meanwhile before we used to be deeply thinking about whatever he had questions on.

  2. Willdarlyn Martinez

      I liked this text because it does make you think about whether Google is impacting us or tech in general. It was mostly on the author’s experience and how he feels about Google and tech. He first starts by talking about how he feels like his mind has changed and it isn’t how it used to be. Also how before he would get more information from reading and finding things on his own and how now everything you have easy access to. The genre would be nonfiction because he talks about real-life things that are going on today. The audience and the people who are meant to read this text would be people who use tech a lot. I feel like the author wrote the text to prove a point because these are things that are true and it is becoming a problem. The last time I used Google was to search for how to set up a table instead of reading the manual. I completely agree with the author and his standpoint because we would much rather get the answer quick nowadays than actually take time and dig deep.

  3. Abubakary11

    I think this text was decent because it’s a really general topic but something I did found interesting during the text is the comparison between old tech and new tech, Carr mentions how although reading has increased with the rise of cell phones and the internet it has changed way of thinking and focus and giving a new sense of the person. The main idea of the text is that technology and google is harmful and risks deep thinking and the ability to focus. Carr believes the internet is reshaping the way people thinks into efficiency and multi tasking over understanding in depth I’m not thinking way I used to think. I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading. Carr states “Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy. My mind would get caught up in the narrative or the turns of the argument, and I’d spend hours strolling through long stretches of prose. That’s rarely the case anymore. Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do. I feel as if I’m always dragging my wayward brain back to the text. The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle.” The genre is an opinion article as it Carr constructs an argument in order to persuade readers about how the internet is a disservice to people. I think the tone of this text may be concerned, it expresses the negative impact that google can cause to the brain and take away deep reflection. I think this text is intended for parents, educators and those familiar with technology and the internet, relies on people who has experience with the internet and smartphones and those involved in the education system. The authors is purpose is to critique the internet’s impact on people and also raise awareness. The author is doing this to hopefully encourage people to reflect on their own ways and not rely on the internet so much. I use google multiple times for sometimes directions and I also use it for reviews as well for certain products and places. I agree with some aspects, I do agree that the internet do causes a distraction to readers, I think technology inherently causes one to be distracted and not fully focus on the topic at hand if they’re not interested in what they’re reading which would lead them to multitask.

  4. Oluwatomisin

    I found the text appealing because it illustrates the everyday experience of doubting our knowledge and resorting to Google to verify information.

    The main point of the text is that some technology is harmful and undermines deep thinking and focused attention. The tone of the text is concern. The intended audience is everyone who uses Google. The author aims to raise awareness of how people do not think and adjust to relying on the internet. The last time I used Google was to search for the synonym of a word instead of actually thinking about it. I agree with the Author in some areas but not all places. For example, Google might not be suitable because instead of students actually learning from their homework, they can’t because they googled the answer. Still, if I wanted to try out a new restaurant, I could go on Google and read reviews. 

  5. aromero

    -This text is intriguing; it deals with the topic of how humans have to be certain with their knowledge with the use of technology, or at least that is how I see it.

    -This text is mainly about how we; humans are losing our deep, cognitive thinking skills that we need. This is due to Google being in the way of our thinking.

    -The intended audience is towards humans as a whole, everyone in the world that is involved with the usage of technology. These are the people that are supposed to read the text.

    -The purpose of this text is to pass down information to readers of what Google is doing to society as a whole. The author wrote it to acquire awareness, to spread the reasoning behind what Google is doing to everyone.

    -The author sees Google as distracting, not something that people are really using as intended.

    -I used Google to acquire general information, to just surf the web to stay updated with the world. Nothing out of the ordinary, I’m just curious.

    -I disagree with the author, my reasoning is that there is still tons of access to lots of information out there, Google has lots of information, whether you are specific or not.

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