Blog Post #6

In both Dewey’s and Richtel’s articles, both writers are bringing up questions toward the modern controversy of technology and its effects on some aspect of a person’s everyday routine. Dewey’s point is a personal anecdote specializing in social media and how it creates a “safe, sanitized intimacy” (519), meaning that behind the barrier of a computer screen, people feel more prone to say what much more because they feel safer, but no matter what, the internet itself won’t satisfy anyone because it will never give anyone that true in real ln Real Life, or IRL, feeling (520). In Dewey’s article when she is talking about how ninety percent of communication is nonverbal, she is getting at the point that in modern day, the average conversation is now mostly comprised of texts, long distance video calls, and no longer mainly face to face interaction. She helps her point with use of her own anecdote that shows how nonverbal communication is much easier because she herself says she could “say whatever [she] wanted and risk awkwardness because . . . one click of the mouse would shut him out of my room” (519) all because of the safety she has behind the screen, separated by hundreds of miles from Will. Overall Dewey’s article feels persuasive to me because personal anecdotes and inputs always bring me closer to knowing the reader and helps me understand and feel for the writers’ opinion, especially when the anecdote adds some pathos at the end to make me feel sad for her. Richtel’s article is broader and speaks more about the effects of technology on people’s everyday multitasking. In his article, Richtel uses evidence from anecdotes of families, experiments, and evidence from prestigious universities that all show that modern technologies like email and Facebook alerts are causing people’s lower-brain functions to “alert humans to danger, like a nearby lion” (484), causing people not to be able to “shut off their multitasking tendencies when they’re not multitasking.” (484). All in all, even though each article specializes in their specific aspect, both can be categorized under the same question: What is technology doing to the human mind?


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