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Analyze and discuss Nicholas Carr’s “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”

Prompt 1: First, do the following exercise, which is adapted from Ruszkiewicz’s A Reader’s Guide to College Writing. Write a 1-2 paragraph report that summarizes Nicholas Carr’s “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by using the following techniques recommended by Ruszkiewicz:

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  • Quote from Carr’s article at least twice, being certain to include appropriate signal phrases and verbs of attribution.
  • Include an ellipsis mark in at least one of the quotations to shorten it. In other words, quote a lengthy passage and pare it down carefully to make it more pertinent to readers.
  • Use brackets to add pertinent information to a quotation. You might add a date, an author’s first name, an explanatory phrase, and so on.
  • Introduce ideas from Carr’s article at least twice, acknowledging the borrowing, but not quoting from the material directly. Be sure that readers realize that you are paraphrasing Carr.

Prompt 2: Now that you have read and summarized Carr’s position, respond in 1-2 paragraphs. Use any or all of the following questions as guides to response:

  • What did you think of Carr’s article, in general?
  • Which of Carr’s points strike you as correct, and why?
  • Which of Carr’s claims do you disagree with, and why?
  • What has been your own experience with the Internet and online reading? Do Carr’s examples resonate with you?
  • Does Carr make any claims that seem unsupported or untested? If so, how would you test them?
  • What aspects of the subject need further exploration?
  • What does Carr’s article remind you of? Have you encountered any similar texts? Have you had similar conversations with friends or family?