27 November 2012
My working thesis statement is: Social networking sites can lead to lack of offline social skills. Bilton, N. I live in the future & here's how it works, why your world, work, and brain are being creatively disrupted. New York: Crown Business, 2011. Print. Nick Bilton is a writer and reporter for the New York Times Bit blog. He focuses on many topics, but the research department he leads focuses on technology and how it will change the future. I Live in the Future & Here’s How it Works discusses this technological age and how the ever changing media is affecting human behavior. Bilton focuses on addressing this “technopocalypse” and reassures his reader that “the more things change the more they stay the same” giving an appeal to the older generations and making the younger generation feel less stupid. Throughout his book he touches on plenty of subjects but the one I focused on was his views and details about social networking sites and how they are becoming a source for “information overload” and communities that allows people with similar interest to “hang-out”. Bilton however, focuses on the positives of “information overload” and these virtual communities but does provide facts about how they can lead to a decrease in offline efforts to interact or attempts to create relationships with local human beings. I did agree with his positive points and can compare them to Professor Turkle’s negative views in my source Alone Together. Turkle, Sherry. Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. 1. New York: Basic Books, 2011. Print.
Professor Sherry Turkle teaches Social Studies of Science at MIT and is a licensed clinical psychologist. In Alone Together she compares the Internet to a ball and chain that keeps us tethered to the screens of our computers and cellphones. She summarizes her view in the statement “We expect more from technology and less...