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Bobby Moran Technological Takeover Last week I had an Economics exam and figured the only good place to study without interruption was at the library. The library was surprisingly almost as noisy as the dorm. Between the computers humming, coffee machines brewing, printers printing, and all the other machines emitting noise I felt like I was at a mechanical orchestra. For some reason I stayed there and studied because it was the quietest place to study, but also because I felt the noise was not that detrimental to my studying. I was used to studying with distractions all around me. I left with a good gist of the material that was going to be on the test, but if I had to get into specifics I do not think I could have really described in detail what was asked of me. Having an in depth comprehension of the material rather than understanding the gist of the main ideas is really beneficial. It allows people to be able to understand the concepts and react using their comprehension, but if a person only understands certain ideas and does not understand everything in detail; making a mistake is inevitable. The only problem is so much goes on in and around our lives it is almost impossible to make time to sit down and really comprehend what we want to learn. Therefore we just take in the main ideas to save time. I take a class required by my RAP for undeclared students called OASIS. The class is designed to help transition students from high school to college. One concept we touched on was deep versus shallow learning. Deep learning is sitting down taking the time to really focus and learn the material and understand not just the concepts but to make connections. Shallow learning is the opposite which means just pure memorization. While reading De Zengotita’s essay “ The Numbing of the American Mind: Culture as an Anesthetic .” His argument that there is just too
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much information for American’s to process sparked a connection between deep and shallow learning methods and how much we have to comprehend compared to how much is thrown at us. There is too much information to comprehend because technology has enabled people to communicate faster. In order to keep up with technology we quickly glance, take in the information and get the main ideas and move on because we don’t have enough time to heavily process all the information. The mass bombardment has overwhelmed Americans so much that people are not able to comprehend everything that is being thrown at them. This assault is enabled by the fact that technology has allowed advertising and the media to shoot much more information at you in one instant. In De Zengotita’s essay “A Numbing of the American Mind: Culture as an Anesthetic.” De Zengotita uses a visual that I can relate to. De Zengotita says “Take the new Times Square, everybody’s icon for this process [of mass advertising] All the usual observations apply- and each contributes its iota to muffling what it meant to expose.” (De Zengotita, 345). I have been to
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This essay was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course ENGLISH 112 taught by Professor Cohen during the Fall '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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