To what extent is Postman’s argument relevant to understanding how a specific technology has impacted our culture and the way we think?

Learning ObjectivesThis assignment will help you:Narrow and Select an essay topicUse prewriting techniques to develop an essayFormulate a thesis statement.Select a pattern of organization for an essayUse a process approach to write an essayAnalyze professional essaysFind, analyze, interpret, synthesize, and evaluate sourcesUse MLA documentationTo make a PDF copy of this assignment, right click and select print. Then, for the print destination, choose “save as PDF.” You may then save the PDF and/or print it later.IntroductionAccording to Neil Postman, author of Technopoly: the surrender of culture to technology, “Technological change is neither additive nor subtractive. It is ecological.” Therefore, “One significant change generates total change.” For example, now that many of us have air conditioning, we are conditioned (pun intended) to be most efficient when we have the ideal room temperature; in a heat wave during a power outage, we may become irritable, tired, anxious, and less functional. In other words, the technology generated a “total change” in our thinking. Of course, one could argue that, without climate control, we would’ve never functioned so well. But functionality is only part of the story. In fact, “new technologies,” argues Postman, transform “the things we think about,” and “the things we think with.” Imagine a world without movies and television and you have a world where people are unlikely to think cinematically.AssignmentIn a 1500+ word (minimum) argumentative essay that discusses “The Judgment of Thamus” (from Postman’s Book) and incorporates at least one more technology essay (from the course supplemental essays or library databases), respond to the following:To what extent is Postman’s argument relevant to understanding how a specific technology has impacted our culture and the way we think? Choose one such technology to narrow your focus and discuss the effects that technology has had on another part of modern life. For example, one might discuss the effects of social media on loneliness, or the effects of email on workplace communication. You may also focus on causes or both causes and effects (e.g. why lonely people are drawn to social media). As you prepare your argument, consider responding to some of the following questions:What are the ethical implications of this technology’s use or overuse?How much has your thinking been influenced by this technology?How has the technology effected relationships?In what ways does the technology help people immerse themselves in new ideas, relationships, or activities?How does it benefit and/or prevent people from accomplishing goals?How much does it cause people to be mentally and/or physically well or unwell?How can you alter your use of the technology to improve your goals and/or well-being?Throughout your essay, be sure to use transitions and signal phrases to make logical connections between your ideas and the ideas/arguments/evidence presented in your sources.TextsOther than Postman’s chapter, here are some possibilities. You may choose others from the course supplemental essays or library databases:The Judgment of Thamus (required)Is Google Making us Stupid?Was email a mistake?Is Facebook making us Lonely?The IRL FetishHave Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?You Are What You ClickThe Rise of the Get “Real Post” on InstagramAgainst Self-Driving CarsOther Resources“They Say, I Say” Template GuideArgument GuidelinesActionsThesis Machine WorksheetCourse Supplemental EssaysYour College’s Library DatabasesYou may access the sample essays from technology discussion 5 here: Sample Technology Essays.Requirements1500+ words, 2+ sources, double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, MLA format, Works Cited
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