Blog #6

Both of the articles that Dewey and Richtel present the idea that technology builds walls between people even when the intention is the opposite. Dewey depicts a long distance relationship that survives because of communication technology like Skype. She describes the many advantages and pleasantries that communication technology brings about, but then describes the devastating drawbacks when she says, “It seemed like a strategy game: a constant dance of reaching for me and pulling back, of intimacy and distance, of real life and Internet make-believe” (Dewey 520). This disappointment shows how negatively the technology actually effects people when it comes to interpersonal interaction in real life. Richtel overlaps with Dewey’s argument but focuses on an everyday type of living. He shows how technology literally takes over peoples’ lives when he describes how the family on vacation literally “didn’t go out to dinner… [they] just sat there on [their] devices.” (Richtel 487).

When Dewey writes, “I’ve read that 90 percent of human communication is nonverbal. Skype captures that 90 percent on a low-resolution video camera, compresses it, funnels it to a node computer and reproduces it on a screen anywhere in the world” (Dewey 519), he is getting at the idea that face to face interaction is able to be duplicated over long distances. Dewey is arguing that by capturing the nonverbal communication that can be seen visually, Skype can fully represent a face to face human interaction. I do not find this very persuasive because the whole basis of her argument is that she read the statistic somewhere. She does not discuss her source or anything so saying “I’ve read that 90 percent of human communication is nonverbal” (Dewey 519), is not very credible or useful to her argument. Her argument would be much stronger she took out the parts specifically stating 90 percent.


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