Please DO NOT dare to do this — heck, don’t even dare to consider doing this — if you cannot comfortably read more than a single paragraph at a time…while maintaining 100% attention, especially when it has no direct effect on your grade. (mmmm)
Heck, don’t even consider doing it if you can’t comfortably read more than 2-3 sentences at a time (with pretty pictures added for colorful effect) in one sitting without drinking an extra can of Monster to stay awake so you can remember what you just read. Perhaps this puts you in the category of anyone under the age of 30. (wink)
Simply walk away and pretend that you never, never, never-ever saw this prompt. (wink, again)
Set-Up: During the middle of the summer, The Atlantic magazine published a July/Aug 2008 article by Nicholas Carr entitled, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”. It received a great deal of public reaction from all directions. Needless to say, if one puts the words “us”, “Google” and “stupid” in the same headline… people are going to notice. And have opinions. Sure, they may have to “Google” the words to figure out what it all means, but you get the point. (Insert silly Teacher Guy laugh track here)
Challenge: If you’ve already made it this far, perhaps you are ready, young Luke Skywalker. If so, your challenge is simple:
- Click the article link up above.
- Read the 5 page article — the entire article — from beginning to end. (no skimming — wink)
- Identify 5 quotations that grabbed your attention — all from different pages — that you think would make someone curious.
- Type in (or copy/paste) the quotations into your reply. Presto-bingo, you’re done!
- P.S. If — and this only goes out to the young Luke Skywalker’s out there – you’re so inclined, you are free to write a comment about why any/all of the quotations grabbed your attention.
Length: Whatever it takes. You’ll know when you’re done, Luke. I’ll naively assume that those who need to ask most likely aren’t going to do it since they’re busy watching the entire 1st season of “The Hills” all week; they are frankly too, too, too, too busy to bother with reading that silly “Googley-Google” article, like yeah, totally. (wink)