Technology: Good or Bad?
Advances in technology cause great controversy. These controversies are centered around the influences technology has on the people who engage in different types of technology. In the article titled “Out Semi-Literate Youth? Not So Fast” by Andrea Lunsford, she explains the importance of technology and how, in most cases, technology is able to help develop students. In another article titled “Hal and Me” by Nicholas Carr, he stresses the point that technology is pushing ‘the good life’ to the wayside. Although both authors have different opinions when it comes to technology, they both agree that changes are occurring due to technological influences on peoples’ brains. Technology plays an extremely large role in the lives of the people in this world, it is important that everyone understands that changes that come with the advances of technology.
Most people think that comparing students from past generations to students in the present isn’t fair. In Lunsford’s article “Out Semi-Literate Youth? Not So Fast,” Lunsford uses her scientific experiment to support her opinions on the impact of technology on youth. Lunsford is able to prove that as technology has advanced, so has students writing skills when she says “First, the length of student writing has increased nearly three-fold in the 25 years, corroborating the fast that students today are writing more than ever before”(573). This quote from Lunsford’s article shows that she understands that there are advances being made in writing, along with the technological advancements.
In comparison to Lunsford, Nicholas Carr argues that technology causes negative effects on the population. In Carr’s article “Hal and Me” he never directly says that there are negative effects associated with technology. Carr uses words to imply his feelings when it comes to his views on technology. This is seen when Carr says “Calm, focused, undistracted, the linear mind is being pushed aside by a new kind...
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