The earliest memory of my using a computer comes from when I was around four years-old; my grandmother sat me in front of a clunky, large desktop running off of Windows 95. It was like it was love at first site, and now it feels as if I’ve always had this sort of love-affair with computers. Technology is something that changes every day. From computers to eReaders it’s as if each time we turn the corner, there is some new update waiting to be downloaded or installed. For some this is no issue, yet for others it’s a massive inconvenience. The latter is left wondering why the current generation is so dependent on technology, or why more and more people prefer to read from a Kindle or Nook rather than “old-fashioned” books. For people with these questions, I strongly advise reading “Lazy Eyes” by Michael Agger, as it not only provides information that’s useful and thought-provoking; it manages to be funny at the same time while Sherry Turkle’s “How Computers Change the Way We Think” is dull, dated, and doesn’t provide any sort of helpful information.
Turkle was born in New York City in 1948. Graduating from Radcliffe College, the University of Chicago, and Harvard University, she is currently a clinical psychologist and professor of Sociology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Written for the Chronicle of Higher Education, “How Computers Change the Way We Think”, is not credible because it never provides any sort of helpful information on the subject. One would think that because of Turkle’s focus on humans’ relationship with computers and years of experience this would not be the case. Instead the article feels almost lifeless, making it hard to focus while reading. Her view of technology, it seems, is rather dated stati...
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...gs I would discover just by browsing (and occasionally) skimming online articles. There is certainly a vast amount of knowledge online that has yet to be discovered by others. Accept the fact that while technology is changing for the better and you’ve just opened up a treasure trove of valuable information. You’re just clicks away from finding where it’s buried.
Turkle, Sherry. “How Computers Change the Way We Think”. The Bedford Guide for College Writers, with Reader, Research Manual, and Handbook. 9th ed. Eds. X.J. Kennedy, Dorothy M. Kennedy, and Marcia F. Muth. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2011. 602-608. Print.
Agger, Michael. “Lazy Eyes”. The Bedford Guide for College Writers, with Reader, Research Manual, and Handbook. 9th ed. Eds. X.J. Kennedy, Dorothy M. Kennedy, and Marcia F. Muth. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2011. 609-612. Print.