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Unformatted text preview: TW-CXJames FrancisProfessor WilliamsRWS 2002 March 2010To Google or not to GoogleAfter experiencing the phenomenon that is Google, after seeing and feeling how easy it can make your life would you want to leave it? Or even just admit that something so amazing could actually be bad for you? It’s kind of like chocolate in that way. Well, Nicholas Carr argues this point in his article “Is Google Making Us Stupid.” Nicholas Carr maintains that the immediate availability of knowledge in the modern world is hurting our intellectual capacity. However, another man named Steven Johnson has written an article entitled “Watching TV Makes You Smarter.” This article claims that TV is does not actually rot your mind but, because of the intellectual depth of modern TV shows, it actually improves your cognitive function. You might be asking yourself, then which one is right? Well, since I’m not a scientist or a doctor I can’t tell you which one is right. However, I am going to compare and contrast these two articles and look for similarities and differences in the rhetorical techniques that each author used and how they did this. These techniques include the classic Aristotelian appeals like logos, pathos, and ethos as well as new ones such as expert testimony, geared audience and sarcasm. Although both articles were enjoyable to read I believe that Nicholas Carr’s article had the greatest persuasive effect on me and in this essay I will tell you why.First, let’s take a look at the audiences these two authors were attempting to reach through their article. Nicholas Carr’s article was clearly written towards a group of people who are, in general, educated but not necessarily about the topic he is discussing. This claim can be TW-CXeasily proved by the fact that he uses words that are not as common in our vocabulary such as “ubiquitous” and other words that only a more educated person would know. Further proof that “ubiquitous” and other words that only a more educated person would know....
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This note was uploaded on 03/04/2012 for the course ENGLISH 200 taught by Professor Williams during the Spring '10 term at San Diego State.
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