One reading that still sticks out to me from the very beginning of the semester is "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" by Nicholas Carr. I thought that that article was a great especially for us as media scholars to be aware of the possible effects that it can have on us personally and society. I think a big part of the reason why it stuck with me so much is that I had not really thought about the effect that Google and the internet was making on me. When we discussed it (and the article in response to Carr by Clay Shirky) I realized how much I really had changed in this respect in the past few years. I used to be constantly reading books and I genuinely enjoyed learning and was fairly good at understanding new things. I was able to sit for large amounts of time (like in the car or something) in silence and thinking to myself and processing things in my head. Nowadays, however, I barely ever have a good chunk of silence in my life without the presence of technology. It really has changed the way I relate to crowds, receive my entertainment, and learn new information. This is not necessarily a bad change in and of itself, but I can see some negative effects it has had on me since I've been thinking about it this semester. It really is harder for me to concentrate for long periods of time on a single thing. My mind keeps wanting to jump back and forth, needing visuals to stay focused. This is exactly what Carr talks about in the article, and when he discusses the greater impact it could have on our society in a negative way I can't disagree with him. However, I think awareness is a big step. There have been times this semester where I was not able to concentrate on something or be still, and instead of just going along with it and switching to something else, I intentionally made myself stick to that task until it was done. It sounds silly, but in doing this I have realized that it really is still possible to do these things, it might just take a little more effort and will power at first. As long as we uphold the value of deeper thought and understanding, and practice it even a little, I'm not too concerned about Google ruining our lives; at least for right now haha.