15 July 2013
Computers Change Us
In Clive Thompson's article “The New Literacy”, he describes how the internet and new forms of media are advancing how people look at literacy but, if David Gelernter were to respond to Thompson's article he would describe that computers actually replace writers' traditional values. Gelernter's article “Computers Cannot Teach Children Basic Skills”, makes many compelling arguments about the use of technology such as lowering essential literary skills for children. Although Thompson's article makes some interesting points about benefits of technology Gelernter's point of view would be considered as more persuasive in this debate, because he arguably objects the idea that computers will always be a necessity for learning literature.
Mr. Thompson provides some excellent details on how computers help educate others such as saying, “Technology isn't killing our ability to write, its reviving it and pushing our literacy in a bold new directions”, (Thompson 588). Gelernter may respond that Thompson is just making statements about personal opinions and thoughts. Mr. Gelernter's article states that, “Computers dismiss linear argument and promote fast shallow romps across the information landscape” (Gelernter 590). What he is saying is that computers are doing more harm than good because they are providing shortcuts to learn instead of providing a more literary learning experience.
Clive notes in his article that “teaching is always going to be crucial, but is also clear that online media are pushing literacy into cool directions” ( Thompson 588). Yes technology is aiding literature to reach new heights and it helps others who cannot firmly grasp it's content. David may argue that this new method of media will briefly touch upon the understanding of the learning throughout each subject. These ideals of technology that Mr. Thompson presents are satisfying but may not appeal to some,...
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