In addition, textbooks are heavy to carry around and it takes longer to find a page. Likewise with digital textbooks they are compatible with tablets, smartphones, and laptops; it’s much easier to carry around and affordable price. However, some people may argue that digital textbooks can be a distraction for people because they would not bother read anymore. The author and poet Dana Gioia argues that electronics alternatives may be a bad influence that will lead society to not read anymore. Gioia complicates matters further when she writes, “While no single activity is responsible for the decline in reading, the cumulative presence and availability of electronic alternatives increasingly have drawn Americans away from reading” (161).
I think that people should get disconnected from computers and enjoy the real world, because as the year go by the world is also changing and we should enjoy what is real and not to what is not real. I also found a website about what people thing about the people ... ... middle of paper ... ... depend on computers is that when we what to learn something new we can and faster and not take us forever to learn it. But a bad thing is that people depend on computers a lot and what would happened if the computers just stop working, people will freak out. In conclusion, I think that people should not depend on computers that much and get disconnected once in a while. And live the life without computers.
I once was able to read without any worries, continuing from page to page without anything stopping me. Now I have to concentrate harder, focusing and reading each page more carefully because my concentration and contemplation is becoming weaker. Carr cites many experts on how th... ... middle of paper ... ...deep thinking. If we lost those quiet spaces, or fill them up with content, we will sacrifice something important.” (376) I agree that the Internet, as well as advancements in technology is interfering with our concentration and the framework of our minds in a negative way. It may allow us to expand our knowledge and thoughts, but it does not allow us to grasp a deeper understanding on what we’re actually reading and learning.
People did not want to take the extra effort, however minimal, to manually turn hundreds of pages. Books were now for those unconventional people who loved literature and the written word. Now with movies, DVDs, the internet, and compact discs, bound books are becoming obsolete. The stories are intact, yet the words are no longer written. I believe that literature will continue to play a vital role in the world's society.
These new machines are enabling us to do more in less time making our lives easier. The increased use of computers in the future, however, might have negative results and impact on our lives. In the novel Nine Tomorrows Isaac Asimov often criticizes our reliance on computers by portraying a futuristic world where computers control humans. One of the images which Asimov describes in the book is that humans might become too dependent on computers. In one of the stories, Profession, Asimov writes about people being educated by computer programs designed to educate effortlessly a person.
If there was a base standard for computer literacy then it may be possible that the amount of personal and public data that is stolen can be greatly reduced. it is unacceptable to not have a basic understanding of computers in modern society and it is foolish to keep introducing more technology if only a select few can understand the current technology. Having basic knowledge of computers can also enhance one 's experience by introducing basic coding and programming that will enhance one 's basic reasoning which transfers into enhanced academic performance as well. Instead of being told what to do and how to do something whenever there is the slightest error one will be able to diagnose and remedy it. Computers have replaced older technologies and have invaded every aspect of life; computer literacy is a necessacity and can longer be avoided in the modern
Plus, you would not to worry about trying to hold the pages back if you are in bed reading. Therefore, tablets are way mare convenient than textbooks. Another important detail is that they are extremely simple to use. Most people would think that you would need a good background in computers in order to operate them, but their assumptions are wrong. There are laptops so simple elderly people can use them.
Today, everyone is so used to reading off of a computer screen that it has become natural, but depending on who can proofread my paper, it can be right on the screen or from a hard copy. I do believe I work more efficient typing than any other method I used in the past. As soon as I have a good understanding about my research topic, I normally do not have an issue starting my paper using a Word document. One thing I will say is that I tend to procrastinate on many assignments, but I do not think this is necessarily a negative thing for myself. I have always worked well under pressure, and I feel that it makes me more efficient in achieving my goals.
How the Computer Has Changed American Culture When trying to envision the world of today without computers, I imagine that our lifestyles would be extremely different. "As exciting as technological developments may be…it is important to remember that people who lack the skills or the machines to tap into this information are in the same position as those a century ago who could not read or had no access to books" (240). "These new technologies have undoubtedly altered our sense of what it means to be literate" (239). Years ago, being educated simply meant that you could read and write. Today one must go through years of formal schooling to be considered scholarly.
In the passage “ Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr, Nicholas emulates the thesis stating that we as race are not capable of doing certain tasks from the past. Because of technology like Google, which pushes us to do it in easier ways in the present time. Accordingly, tasks like reading books to find information and to gain knowledge, is now seen to be near impossible because of the privilege that high technology is offering. Nicholas also shares a theory that, when we start doing new things, our brain changes and molds into a new shape where we can only portray those actions and tasks. For example, if we only use websites to find information for a project and never actually read, our brain will not be able to jump right back and go back to the roots of reading books and catalogs to obtain all that information.