English composition & research
08 February 2013
The explosion of cell phones has been outstanding in the last decade. Cell phones are a part of our everyday lives; they allow people to be in touch constantly. A good question may be which viewpoint or opinion is accurate? In this dissertation, another author’s perspective on the matter will be analyzed. Robert J. Samuelson’s “A Cell Phone Never for me” brings to light several points to his argument; however, the article lacks backing and evidence in some key areas. As we look into the article, you will clearly see the areas where the author leaves out valuable information and how he produces a weak argument. Samuelson’s article states that cell phones are not the greatest device. Clearly they cause too much conflict while driving, and they interfere with others and make your conversations go public.
The author states that in 1985 there were 340,213 people who used cell-phones. By the end of 2003, the number has increased to 159 million. Cell-phones have popularized in this following decade. Samuelson mentions how cell phones have caused driving more dangerous, though how much so is unclear. The Insurance Information Institute recently showed that Harvard Center for Risk Analysis blamed cell phones for 6 percent of auto accidents each year, involving 2,600 deaths (Samuelson). Even though this does sound certain the author does not give enough evidence and backing towards this statement. Technology has grown a wide amount since 2003. Another point he states is having your private conversations go public. Some people consider talking on a cellular phone in public is rude, while others continue to talk wherever they go. How many times have you been able to enjoy a quiet meal in a restaurant when a nearby cell phone suddenly starts going off again and again? We all have been subjected to this in a way or another. How valuable is all that...
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