Blog #6

These days, technology impacts people in various different ways. Both Richtel and Dewey discuss the impact of technology but from two completely different views. Ritchel focuses on the attachment to technology, the ability to multi-task, and how an obsession with technology impacts friends and family. He specifically looks at Kord Campbell and his inability to simply put his device down. Even in a professional setting such as prior to a meeting, Campbell is unable to focus on the upcoming meeting and instead becomes entertained by a tweet on the corpse. Campbell’s addiction to his devices and video games also have an impact on his family, specifically his children. Ritchel mentions “people can become so lost in work, hobbies, or TV that they fail to pay attention to family.” I think that in itself speaks volumes. Family typically should always come first, especially behind video games. The Campbell family spends their leisure time playing video games, on iPods, and watching TV. The wife is the one in the family who dislikes their habits the most though she does say that “if I hated technology, I’d be hating him, and a part of who my son is too,” which puts her in a very tough position. She’s attempted to take the family on vacation and unplug but even then, the family, especially Campbell, failed to do so. Ritchel looks at how multitasks fail between switching tasks and are not good at shifting their attention. Dewey’s article takes a different direction from Ritchel. Dewey discusses how video calling affects perspective. As opposed to Ritchel telling Campbell’s story, Dewey speaks from personal experience, which made the article high in ethos but also very interesting. She discusses her experiences with a guy named Will, whom she developed a relationship with based truly on conversations through Skype. After meeting him in real life, she realizes she liked him better through a screen, at the comfort of her own home. I think that when Dewey discusses the 90 percent of human communication being nonverbal she is trying to say that Skype gives people a way to communicate with other people distances away and be able to have that nonverbal communication. It gives people a way to see someone and their ticks and their habits, how they live, how they dress, and the way their shoulders tense at certain topics. The thing about it all though is that it isn’t through person to person, it is through a small screen. I found her argument to be persuasive. I could see where she was coming from and why she felt uncomfortable when she finally got to meet Will. She built up the story very well to the point where she finally met him, where everything fell apart. It was clear that she did not like having Will in front of her own two eyes. She preferred the version of him that she saw through a screen. She felt like she was more in control and could easily escape out of the situation.

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