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GRE Article of the Month – July 2013: How the Internet is Using Us All

How the Internet is Using Us All
By Michael Saler for The Times Literary Supplement

Many of the articles of the month I’ve posted—while hopefully engaging—haven’t caused you to take a stance. That’s understandable, given that the topic matter tends to be esoteric enough that you probably haven’t had time to form an opinion. Other articles I’ve chosen simply aren’t controversial, so there really isn’t much of a position to take.

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This month’s article is a review of two books that can be construed as a broadside against the Internet—specifically those living in Silicon Valley who believe that advances in Internet technology lead us ineluctably to a panacea for many of humanity’s ills (or the dark side to this: Are the Googles of the world unwittingly creating a disparity between rich and middle-class?) In other words, is the Internet unequivocally making our lives better? Or is it the devil incarnate? I feel the issues raised in the article very complex—and thus the truth lies somewhere in between. Read the article to decide.

GRE words to look out for in this article:

  • Banal
  • Platitudes
  • Pretentions
  • Sardonic
  • Lambast
  • Penchant
  • Autonomous
  • Extol
  • Propensity
  • Egalitarian
  • Ubiquitous
  • Predilections
  • Preclude
  • Shibboleths
  • Corroborates
  • Fomenting


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11 Responses to GRE Article of the Month – July 2013: How the Internet is Using Us All

  1. Sheldon May 29, 2016 at 7:07 pm #

    The article link seems to be broken . Could you guys correct it with the new link ?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 31, 2016 at 2:07 am #

      Hi Sheldon! Thanks for pointing this out 🙂 I’ve updated the link in the article. You can also find the article here: How the Internet is Using Us All. Enjoy! And thanks again 🙂

  2. Lanchester Grill & Hearth August 14, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

    This is pretty generous of people like you to offer free advice.

  3. Thomas July 26, 2013 at 10:06 am #


    I see your thought-provoking article, and raise it by another:

    I recommend this read to those folks who are looking for an abstract opinion-piece. It has a few sections that I would, as a test-maker, use to construct an argument passage so difficult as to befuddle even the most astute test-taker.

    Plus, the author employs a raft of abstruse vocabulary.


    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele July 26, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

      Hi Thomas,

      Great recommendation! Both dense and topical. I should warn readers that the article describes different schools of thought on the already thorny enough issues of determinism and moral accountability. Meaning this is tough reading (actually, I did spot a patch that would make for the perfect GRE passage, so thank you, Thomas :)).

  4. DC July 16, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Hi Chris!

    Thanks for your articles. Much appreciated. But, perhaps what I find more intriguing (and a better read) are your laconic (but arrantly efficacious use of vocab) in your prefaces to said articles. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed your use of broadside (which seems simple enough, “broad” + “side”) but on upon closer scrutiny, realized that I may have just espied a GRE word, which I was previously unaware, in the midst of its more ostentatious counterparts such as “ineluctably”.

    In sum, I’d much prefer your own musing on the matter, incorporating a menagerie of apposite (let’s say 10) vocab words. Nothing too long (I imagine you’re penciled in) but long enough. Give it some thought, won’t you? 🙂

    Thanks again! And keep doing GREAT WORK!

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele July 17, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

      Hi DC,

      Thanks for your kind words! I wasn’t even sure anyone was reading those prefaces :). I’ll definitely inject some more opinion/analysis (as well as more vocab, of course!).

      Thanks again!

      • Nina July 17, 2013 at 5:21 pm #


        Great job including more vocab :). I read your prefaces too, it’s a nice way to review some words in a shorter text. (Reading it’s not my favorite hobby)

        Thanks for your help….!

        • Chris Lele
          Chris Lele July 18, 2013 at 10:32 am #

          Great to hear! I promise to keep future prefaces relatively short :)!

  5. PL July 15, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for posting these literature articles. I’ve been reading through the Best American Essays series voraciously the past few days as I follow the 90 day study schedule. Are there any other websites that aggregate high-brow articles with GRE-type vocabulary such as the ones you post?

    Have you heard of Longreads? I’m tempted to try out their articles but I hesitate in fear of jumping into articles that are long with uninspiring vocabulary. Do you find their articles to be of good quality for advanced reading?


    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele July 15, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

      Hi PL,

      I think is the best for the high-brow stuff. has been a mixed bag, esp. in terms of GRE-ness. Many stories make for great reading, but they tend to be more about emotional engagement than the use of academic prose (which, if you are not studying for the GRE, isn’t a bad thing :)).

      I’d still scour the site. If you come across an article that is more high-brow, then you should just continue reading it.

      Good luck!

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