The Internet: Is It Changing the Way We Think? Final Essay

Many people today talk about the dangers of the Internet. Among other ideas, people think that the Internet is changing people’s brains and the way they process information.

In the reading provided for this final essay, nine different people provide their points of view on this topic.

Essay Topic:

Basing your discussion on the ideas of the writers in the reading, “The Internet: Is It Changing the Way We Think?”, what concerns are people expressing about the Internet and Google? Are these valid concerns? Why or why not?

Explain your point of view on this topic in an essay of 1200 words minimum.

You may only use the following sources for this essay:

Sherry Turkle “Connectivity and Its Discontents”

Nicholas Carr “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”

John Naughton “The Internet: Is It Changing the Way We Think?”


  • Discuss this question in an essay of 1200 words. This word count does not include your name, etc. on the first page, nor the Works Cited page. It only includes the content of your essay.
  • Type your essay in MLA format. Review this in Module 1.
  • Provide 4 in-text citations of information from only the readings and videos provided in this module [no other sources allowed] in MLA format. This is explained in Module 5.
  • List your citations in MLA8 format on the last page of your essay in Works Cited.
  • The title Works Cited is centered and typed just like that. No quotation marks, no underlining, no bold.
  • Essay must be in MLA format. If it is not MLA format, it will not be read and will receive a score of 0.

Citation Formatting

Part of what this final exam is testing is your ability not only to discuss the topic but also to format in-text citations and Works Cited [citations] correctly. You must be resourceful and figure these out using the resources provided in this course, The Everyday Writer, and information provided in previous essay assignments.

Your instructor will not provide you with the formatting.

This is the last task for this semester. The semester ends June 3rd.

Due Date

I can not accept anything posted after that date because it is the end of the semester, and I have to submit final grades for people enrolling in summer session.

Also, I will not read any essays sent as attachments or attached in the assignment comment section.

Make sure you have extra time to submit your essay before the deadline because Canvas could bump you out of the line if you wait until 11:30 pm or later to submit.

If your Internet service provider is unreliable, use the labs at school or a public library which have more reliable ISPs. This is a commonly used excuse which I can’t verify, so don’t ask me to reopen the portal because you missed the deadline. I can’t do this.

There are no exceptions.

File Upload

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Final Essay

Final Essay

Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContent & Development–1200 word minimum
40.0 pts1000-1200 words–Well developed with cited examples from readings 25.0 pts999-700 words–Marginally developed with vague examples from readings 0.0 pts699 words or fewer–Lacking in development–no examples from readings
40.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeUse of in-text citations
10.0 pts4 In-text citations correctly formatted in MLA8 8.0 pts3 In-text citations correctly formatted in MLA8 6.0 pts2 In-text citation correctly formatted in MLA8 4.0 pts1 In-text citation correctly formatted in MLA8 0.0 ptsNo In-text citations or completely incorrectly formatted [not MLA8] or only signal phrases no ( ) citations
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeProofreading/Editing for grammar, spelling, missing words, punctuation
10.0 ptsMostly error free 5.0 ptsOccasional errors 0.0 ptsFrequent errors –little evidence of proofreading
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMLA Formatting, pagination header, MLA format date, Professor’s name correctly written and spelled
10.0 ptsPagination header, identifying information, professor’s name, course title, date, essay title–all same font, margins all the same 5.0 ptsMostly Correct with some items with errors 0.0 ptsNot MLA format, inconsistent fonts, Works Cited not MLA format
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeUse of approved cited sources
5.0 ptsUses approved sources 3.0 ptsUses approved & some unapproved sources 0.0 ptsUses unapproved sources
5.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWorks Cited page
10.0 ptsCorrect title and citation formats 5.0 ptsTitle or citation formats mostly correct 0.0 ptsTitle and citations not MLA8 format and/or not copied correctly
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeUse of quoted text
5.0 ptsCorrect use of quotation marks 3.0 ptsMostly correct use of quotation marks 0.0 ptsUse of non-standard marks for quotations [European << >> or British ‘ ‘ instead of standard American academic quotation marks]
5.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeHook & Thesis
5.0 ptsEngaging hook that doesn’t use “I”; Clearly stated thesis that matches essay organization 3.0 ptsEither hook or thesis not clear or uses “I” 0.0 ptsNo hook and/or thesis doesn’t relate to topic
5.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeEssay Organization
5.0 ptsParagraphs organized according to a logical pattern of development such as importance/emphatic, chronological, or spatial or a combination 3.0 ptsOrganizational pattern mostly evident 0.0 ptsNo clear system of organization
5.0 pts
Total Points: 100.0


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