February 7, 2007
Go to the assignments, Reading Assignments; access the manuscript, Are Americans
Becoming Internet Slaves?
Read and review the article and post your critical review on
the Literature, Methodology, Findings, and Summary.
Please discuss you findings:
This article was quite difficult to read.
It appeared to be choppy in its
The methodology of the research was briefly mentioned at the end of the first
paragraph but was not clearly defined.
There was a good deal of information about the findings listed throughout out the
entire document but it was scattered and often lacked a link to the original topic
defined in the initial statement of the article.
The key points to be made where
listed by bold headers but again where not tied back to the topic of the research in
any concrete way.
I did not detect what I would call a summary.
The article listed a good number of
statistics and tried to make points about how people are spending more time on
the Internet and less time doing the things they use to do but never accomplished
Instead of summarizing the results the article just seemed to end with
several unconnected tidbits about how technology is making strides in many
This article lacked cohesiveness.
It provided some interesting information but did
not present the results and findings of the study in a manner that supported the
topic under study.
Click on Jason’s draft of thesis proposal and discuss his proposal.
This was a much better written paper than the previous article.
The purpose of the
research was explicitly stated and reasoning for the initial discussion was given
providing a clear idea of the topic under scrutiny.
He defined assumptions being
made along with possible limitations that could be encountered during the
The methodology was also clearly defined while also providing reasoning for the
This provided a continued understanding of the goal being
He provided adequate reference and background material through his review of
existing literature to give the study a starting point and an ending goal.
the proposal was well organized however; the level of English used was at times
difficult to follow.
Click on Research Proposal submitted by Arlen Butler and discuss your critical review
This also appears to be a fairly well written proposal.
The author explicitly states
the questions to be answered by the research giving the reader an exact idea of
what the research will try to accomplish.
A brief amount of background was also
given to show how the proposed research would be beneficial and also included
information as to specific users who would have application for the research
The proposal listed information as to where the data for the research
would come from but did not list specifics as to how the analysis would be done.
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