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EDUC 4112 Response Paper 2 Silence is Dead The debate whether identity formation is influenced more by cognitive or cultural factors is one that can always be disputed. Unfortunately with Myspace, I-pods, the internet, advertisements and all the information that effortlessly jumps into our world brings so much doubt to a cognitive formation of identity as a primary possibility. It is far too easy to recognize socio-cultural identity formation with adolescents in this day in age. We live in a culture where adolescents are always hooked up to an I-pod, or text messaging on their phones. Kids are posting messages on Myspace pages or downloading the latest YouTube videos. Today adolescents make their friends through flipping on their plasma flat screen televisions, or playing the latest game in Xbox, kids are constantly surrounded by music, games, voices, beeps, bells, and whistles. Silence is dead in this culture and the likelihood of a adolescent sitting down in a nice comfy chair to read a book is like watching the Miami Dolphins win the super bowl. Culture is constantly dropping hints, media ads, and advice on who to be, how to live and what’s ‘in’ this year. Frankly the debate on whether or not we are influenced more cognitively or socio- culturally is really not that hard. A better question would be to ask how often kids think
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