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Analysing two articles on how the Internet is affecting how people think.

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Justyna Kleszcz Out of class essay 2 In the essay "Is Google Making Us Stupid?", Nicholas Carr argues that using the Internet has a negative influence on the public's intelligence. By using his own experience, that of friends, and scientific evidence, Carr's main argument is that the Internet has a negative effect on concentration. However, in the essay "The Virtual Barrio @ The Other Frontier", Guillermo Gomez-Pena describes the relationship between Mexicans and technology. He argues their culture, lack of access, and language barriers keep them away from using technology. Carr and Gomez-Pena write that the Internet and technology are indeed responsible for changes in people's lives. Carr notes his personal example as proof that the Internet changed his way of thinking. "Over the past few years I've had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory. I'm not thinking the way I used to think." (Carr 533) He feels that something is changing in his brain and it is not working as it used to work. ...read more.


Additionally, Carr refers to the work of developmental psychologist Maryanne Wolf. She says, "Our ability to interpret text, to make the rich mental connections that from when we read deeply and without distractions, remains largely disengaged." (535) She worries that people often have a problem with interpretation. It is difficult for them to read long material and focus on reading between the lines. Carr also refers to James Olds, a professor of neuroscience. He says, "Even the adult mind is very plastic. Nerve cells routinely break old connections and form new ones. The brain has the ability to reprogram itself on the fly, altering the way it functions."(536) Olds says that it depend on how people use their brain. If they practice reading, they will avoid skimming long articles. On the other hand, Gomez-Pena believes that Mexican culture is changed because of the influence of technology. First, he points out the changes in Mexican culture when he writes about his collaborator Roberto Sifuentes and how they were work together on the Net. ...read more.


Then the next time he visited her she said that she could truly breathe better. Many Mexicans do not know how high technology products work, or simply they are scare how those products could work so they do not use them. Next, Gomez-Pena observes that because of the language barrier Mexicans are unable to use high technology. He notes, "The unquestioned lingua franca was of course English, the official language of international communications" (561) It is clear that if Mexicans want to use high technology they are forced to learn English. He says that Mexicans do not participate enough online because they lack information or interest. In conclusion, Carr's article referred to the evolution of reading, writing and even thinking habits in an organized manner. Carr shows that people are more dependent on the Internet. He says that the Web takes control over people's brains and that there are unable to think. However, Gomez-Pena critiques technology as a struggle for those with access and those without. He says that Mexicans do not need any kind of technology to be happy. They are simple people and they are happy with this. ...read more.

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