Is Google Making Us Stupid
24 October 2012
Rhetorical Analysis of “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”
Nicholas G. Carr has written an abundance of articles about technology. Some of his work includes: Does It Matter? Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage, and The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, From Edison to Google. One of Carr’s achievements, “Is Google Making Us Stupid,” smoothly persuades the reader to believe that the Internet is taking over the human mind. The article’s title brings a tough question to mind for readers. By using a familiar movie scene and arguments embedded with relatable analogies, imagery and metaphors; Carr casually and acceptably leads his audience to a reasonable …show more content…
Although there is an abundant use of both pathos and logos in the article, there is barely any ethos presented in the article at all. The slightest bit of ethos presented to the readers is when Carr represents his own experience to the audience. Carr also often tends to present material in his article that seems as if his claims are backed by his own results. He further hurts the ethos in his essay by relying so heavily on his own experience as the circumstances as the average experience by every day people.
Of the three rhetorical devices, ethos is the most crucial to an argument. If the author of an article does not provide decent amount of ethos in his article, readers will not be able to distinguish if the article is of value or whether the ideas presented have any substance. Although Carr provides