Ch 5 & Hyper and Deep Attention Article

The first assigned reading, chapter 5 pages 189-213 in the Carolina Rhetoric, outlines how to write an effective argumentative paper. The chapter compares four different formats of argumentative papers: Ancient Roman, Toulmin Model, Rogerian Argument, and General Modern Format.  The author then goes on to outline what should be found in your paper. Argumentative papers are research papers that contain support for your argument and ideas with source materials. Your paper also needs a strong thesis in order to form your argument and convey to the reader what your paper will be about. In order to defend and make an effective argument, you must also state the opposing arguments to show why you came to your conclusion. You must also vary your strategies of development and include effective transitions in your paper. After all your information is included and explained in your paper you must have a conclusion that leaves the reader satisfied with what you have included in your paper. After your paper is written, consider the elements of page design to make sure your paper is as appealing to the reader as possible.

“Hyper and Deep Attention: The Generational Divide in Cognitive Modes” by Katherine Hayles discusses the move from deep attention to hyper attention in Generation M. Hayles defines deep attention as the “cognitive style traditionally associated with the humanities, that is characterized by concentrating on a single object for long periods, ignoring outside stimuli while so engaged, preferring a single information stream, and having a high tolerance for long focus times.” “Hyper attention is characterized by switching focus rapidly among different tasks, preferring multiple information streams, seeking a high level of stimulation, and having a low tolerance for boredom.” She writes that “the younger the age group the more pronounced the shift” from deep attention to hyper attention. It is argued that in today’s day and time, hyper attention is more useful because it allows the person to be aware of their surroundings and effectively multitask. The idea of deep attention, however, is still most common in schools, insisting that a student must be able to focus on a long novel or complex math problems. Both hyper and deep attention have their advantages and disadvantages. The issue must be addressed that as students move more towards hyper attention should educators choose their ways of teaching to adapt to the students.

I feel that my age group is in a somewhat in between stance between deep and hyper attention. I am able to focus on one thing a lot easier than those younger than me it seems but I am more dependent on the media than my parents. There is a greater shift to a society that is dependent on digital media than in the past and it is evident in how we learn.


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