Today in class we answered a question about whether google makes us stupid. It was based on an article by Nicholas Carr that we read in preparation for class. Personally, I think that google makes us lazy but it doesn’t make us stupid. Google is an outlet, a tool, a method for finding information. We are responsible for what we then choose to do with that information. We are who decides how we interpret it, use it, and distribute it to others. The platform itself, google, simply allows for an unlimited access to information across endless subjects and fields. The key is that once the information is searched or found, it then falls to the individuals to decide how to use it or whether to use it at all.
For example, if someone googled how to treat a disease they would get a ton of results and it could be true that some of them could be wrong. Again, the platform presents you with a breadth of information, multiple pages worth, of diverse information that you have to sort through. The reason for this specific example is that may would argue that since a number of results may come up with wrong information or might highlight a certain answer, that doesn’t make the search engine responsible for your deduction. Furthermore, if you get your results, it is then your responsibility to sit down and comb through the credible and less than credible sites and information. You use the platform to gain access to information, but then you form your own opinion, own deduction based off of it. On any given topic, especially one of great importance where you need accuracy, you should do research and extensive examining of the topic. One should not simply search something take the first answer they see and then blame the search engine for being wrong. Ignorance is no excuse.