Various Essays Analysis

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Precis – Mode Project Part 1
The Conversation:
In the narrative essay, “The Conversation,” author Wendy Lesser conveys how her experiences with e-mailing changed her life. Lesser defines her view of e-mail by narrating on her stay in London and reflecting on her intimate connection to her CompuServe e-mail device to communicate with her friends, peers, husband, and family. Her purpose is to expose the modernization of e-mails in society in order to make her readers aware of the relationship people create with technology through the revolutionary fascinations the technology is capable of. Lesser establishes a colloquial tone with her audience of people who have experienced the same attachment to a piece of technology as she had with the CompuServe device.

The Keyboard:
William Zinsser, in his process analysis essay, “The Keyboard,” demonstrates how to use a keyboard, a piece of technology many people know how to use. Zinsser scrutinizes the keyboard by analyzing several of the keyboard's keys including the four cursor keys, the DELETE key, the BACKSPACE key, and the ENTER key. Zinsser's purpose was to describe how various tasks or assignments people are competent of using can be made convoluted to others in order to help the readers understand how encountering certain mysteries lead to enlightenment. Zinsser establishes an instructive tone with an audience who is inexperienced with computers.

The Golden Spike:
In the compare and contrast essay, “The Golden Spike,” Vanderbilt University graduate John Steele Gordon conveys the similarities and difference between the Internet and railroads through the impact each invention made. Gordon contrasts these two inventions by summarizing the history of railroad, followed by the descript...

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...y. Kadi's purpose is to expose false assumptions people make about the Internet in order to share her opinion of how the Internet actually impacts people. Kadi establishes a skeptical tone with the people who are optimistically bias towards networking.

Looking for Community on the Internet:
In Evan I. Schwartz's persuasion and argument essay, “Looking for Community on the Internet,” the topic of cyberspace being a “surrogate community” to a real life community is debated on. Schwartz proposes the beneficial and flawed features of an online community to reach his finalized conclusion. Schwartz's purpose is to address the legitimacy of an online community in order to create an argument for a topic that raises significance for the Internet. Schwartz establishes a reverent tone towards his topic for his audience that may support or oppose the Internet community theory.
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