Essay #1 - Ashlee Chang Gianunzio English 100 - Section 19...

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Ashlee Chang Gianunzio English 100 - Section 19 10/06/10 The Fall of Paper, and the Rise of Pixels With relative, factual evidence of people hiring professional technicians to fix their appliances (instead of taking the time to research the problem and fix it manually,) ordering meals through fast food joints (instead of purchasing food at the grocery store and cooking meals at home,) and swiping that credit card through an electronic machine (instead of whipping out dollar bills and sorting through dozens of coins,) it's hard to deny the fact that people are willing to pay for multiple conveniences that save time. These ideas surround the popular phrase “Time is money," a phrase which any economic thinker would agree with. A new convenience has recently come about that has caused a lot of controversy--digital literacy. This new type of literacy can range from reading online via e-mails, news articles, fiction stories, forums, blogs, factual information, etc. It's questionable whether this new method of reading is considered to be at all literacy, or just a new form that has been slowly been replacing traditional literacy: reading from magazines, newspapers, books, etc. Don Campbell argues technology and the internet, though a useful tool, entails ill effects on the education of society because it “dumbed- down writing style, declines basic skills as grammar [and] spelling” (Campbell 123). In contrast, Howard Gardner believes this new type of literacy is a new media of communication, supporting the idea that “few media [such as traditional literacy] are likely to disappear completely” (Gardner 127). Due to the major convenience of “digital literacy” entailed in researching information and ease of locating subjectively interesting
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bodies of text on the worldwide web, the popularity in utilization of “traditional literacy” has indeed declined drastically over the past couple decades. Who wins this race: Person A, who has to tidy up and prepare to go out, hop in the car, waste a few bucks on gas, park the car if there are any available spaces left, walk into the library, find that one book he or she is looking for in the everlasting maze of books, then backtrack all the way home; or Person B, who has to click the power switch button of his or her computer and use a search engine to what he's looking for? A word count isn't even necessary for one to realize Person A has to deal with a greater number of hassles than Person B to earn the same results. With digital literacy, there is a greater ease in researching information and answering one's questions than finding that desired information through possibly hundreds of pages and thousands of words. Convenience and comfort accompanies the power to research via the internet to all who please. Easy accessible internet allows sick people to research at-home methods to recover faster,
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