TASK: Your job in this assignment is to enter into the critical conversation about the effects of the internet on learning, knowledge, memory, concentration, and thinking. To do so, write an argumentative essay, between about 1,000 and 1,500 words, that answers the question posed by Nicholas Carr: Is Google making us stupid? Your essay should make your own position clear, and drawing on your own experiences, your analysis of Carr’s argument, our class discussions, and your research into outside sources in order to make an argument that answers Carr’s question.
One of your goals in this assignment should be to establish a sense of ethos, or character and credibility. Do so by indicating that you share your audience’s values, by showing your own experiences with the internet, and by demonstrating that you have done your homework about the subject matter by looking into what others have said about Carr’s claims.
COVER LETTER: When you submit this assignment, include a brief cover letter (no more than 300 words) that answers the following questions:
- What is your purpose? What is it you are trying to do or say in this assignment?
- What are you proud of about this piece of writing?
- What challenges did you face while completing this assignment?
- What sorts of feedback do you want from your instructor on this assignment?