Many may consider the Facebook postings and article comments to be vacuous, narcissistic, or vapid, but they are thoughts that their writers considered worth sharing. A philosophical treatise by Immanuel Kant may be more profound, and more edifying to remember, than the average Facebook post or article comment, but his writings may not be tuned so precisely to what our minds effortlessly encode. These especially memorable Facebook posts and reader comments, generated by ordinary people, may be far closer than professionally crafted sentences to tapping into the basic language capacities of our minds. (pg. 488)
2. State the author’s central claim in your own words.
In this peer-reviewed journal article, the authors’ central claim is that microblog posts such as Facebook statuses and Twitter tweets are more memorable compared to professionally written sentences from books. Microblogging websites like Facebook and Twitter allow its users to publish short, frequent posts instead of long, detailed information. Although other text forms like textbooks or novels are professionally written, the authors of the article are claiming that those microblog posts get encoded in our memory much effortlessly compared to other text forms.
3. Describe the forms of evidence the author uses.
The authors used different form of evidences to support their central claim, which is that microblog posts are more memorable compared to other forms of text. To prove their central claim, they used other experts’ opinions and researches and conducted their own experiments to come up with stat...
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... also apply the findings to different perspectives of technology like technological determinism and social shaping. If I believe in technologically deterministic view, I can use this article to support my opinion by saying that microblogs remain in our memory longer than other texts; therefore soon it’ll be used for education purposes. If people can remember microblog posts better, there should be a way to implement this technology into our education system to help students memorize subjects better. Thus it’ll shape our society’s education system. On the other hand, if I wanted to talk about social shaping view, I could say that people didn’t want to read long posts and just wanted to share brief messages to update others. The society demanded a social networking site that allow people to update short, frequent posts; and therefore microblogging sites were invented.
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