The People we become
Baron, Naomi. "The people we become:The cost of always on." In In Always on: language in an online and mobile world, 214-226. New York: NY: Oxford University Press., 2008. Main Theme
The author bases his argument on the consequences of the modern social technologies. Plagiarism, copyright infringements, excessive multi-tasking, loneliness are some of the negatives outlined by the author. He also backs his points with proven evidences. Main Argument
Social technology has had major adverse effects on our social lives. Internet addiction has been detrimental to our relationship with peers and families. The more time spent browsing the web, the loner we become. Many people “fill the times they are alone by calling or texting friends” (Baron 2008). Today, addiction to the web has increased the counts of copyright violations, and plagiarism. In 2007 “10% of the MBA business candidates cheated on a take-home final examination.” (Baron 2008). Another problem is that many in this modern-age do not see any wrong about it. During the incident that occurred in 2007, Michelle Conlin commented, “that’s not academic fraud, its postmodern learning, wiki style” (Baron 2008). Another adverse impact is excessive multi-tasking. Most computer users become “side-tracked in multitasking.” Multitasking slows us down and makes us distracted from the main task or objective. The author describes this “partial attention” as a practice that turns our world to a “never-ending party where you are always looking over your virtual shoulder for a better conversation partner” (Baron 2008). ADD is also been linked with multitasking by ADD specialist, Edward Hallowell author of CrazyBusy. Conclusion
Although social technology changed our lives, its negative impacts can be abated. This can be done by educating people on its consequences, and making regulations that scare away acts of thefts. Anytime Anywhere
Hanson, Jarice. "anytime, anywhere." In In 24/7: How Cell phones and the Internet change the way we live, work and play, 1 -15. Westport: CT: Praeger Publishers. 2007.
The author’s main argument is that we try to integrate ourselves with the ever-modernising technology without considering the consequences. Today, many people spend their time with virtual friends rather than their families or real friends in real life.
Social technology like mobile phones gives us multi-functional abilities like calling, locating, and timing ourselves. We are interested in what every technology has to offer and how they can solve our problems. In the twentieth century, Americans believed that the circulation of technology would make life more comfortable for the American people. Today, statistics shows that “76% Americans use computers both in home and work”. (Hanson 2007). People also use their mobile phones to confer their level of status. (Hanson 2007) Consequently, Digital tech has also lead to decline in cultural values, and polluted long-standing traditions. People now voice out their opinions regardless of consequences. The ubiquitous internet allows us to keep in touch for unlimited periods. This produces stress for many business people and students both consciously and unconsciously. Our attitudes have also changed over-time. An example is chatting away while dining in a restaurant (Hanson 2007). Because these acts are common, many people justify it as moral. Comments:
The author is right about the consequences of today’s technology. Our cultural values are losing its importance, our behaviour and approach to subjects are ill, and social relationships are undermined Youths in Digital Age
Johanna, Rob White and Wyn. "Youth in a digital age." In In youth and Society: Exploring the Social Dynamics of Youth Experience, 210-222. Melbourne Australia: Oxford University Press, 2008.
The author provides incite about the importance of digital technology to young people. Main Theme
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