October 12, 2012
The World Is Technology
Today’s society is addicted to a world of online blogging and Web browsing. We are dependent on the Internet to think for us, whether it’s for an assignment or for social sites. Everything is so quick and easy for us, it changes the way we think. Dennis Baron and Nicholas Carr both show how Internet technology allows us to access different portals of information. Libraries are no longer the place for reading or checking out books, it’s the place mostly used to browse the Web and to use social media. Dictionaries, encyclopedias, and thesauruses are becoming extinct because anytime we don’t know the meaning of a word or have problems spelling a word, we pick up our phones or laptops to search the Web. On the Internet, we can read summaries and look up words, instead of picking up a book or dictionary. “I now have almost totally lost the ability to read and absorb a long article on the web or in print” (338). The author is saying that since we read small pieces of writing all the time we have lost the ability to read longer ones. When I was in High school I would always read a summary of the story to keep from reading the whole book. In today’s culture, we just get on the computer and start typing an essay instead of writing a rough draft. “It was inevitable that handwriting would become a lost art, revived from time to time by people who feel trapped in the present” (329). Cursive writing is no longer used in today’s society. The only time I would write in cursive, was if I was writing my signature. Students struggle tremendously on writing test, because they lack writing skills. Elementary schools no longer focus on handwriting in 3rd through 5th grade because testing requirements consume the majority of their work day schedule skills. They don’t want to take the time to write a rough draft, they rely on the computer to fix their mistakes.
I’ve lost my ability to read...