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Is Google making us dumber?

The above link examines how internet users are becoming increasingly distracted and are looking for quick fixes when reading and writing.  Inside the Internet world, convenience is becoming more apparent.  Internet prose is becoming simpler, shorter and more to-the-point.  Text messages eshew complexity and embrace aphorisms. The internet’s influence is also making its presence known in other media, too.  Newspaper and magazines are apparently adapting the short and efficient manner of prose similar to the internet.

The author argues that google enables finding information bother quicker and more plentiful, it almost reduces the amount of “thinking” required to be resourceful.  He likens this experience as a metaphor – where a human is like a pancake – spread wide and thin.  In other words, people are increasingly have a wide scope/breadth of knowledge but are lacking in depth.
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