ENG 112 Inquary 2v2

ENG 112 Inquary 2v2 - Hohman 1 Writers letter I decided to...

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Hohman 1 Writers letter I decided to scrap out my first draft and start over. This piece went in a more focused direction but still pulled some parts from the old paper. My argument is that Stephenson was giving commentary on how humans view knowledge and what that was going to lead to in the future. I also touched on how Stephenson views human-computer interaction vs. human-human interaction.
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Hohman 2 Tom Hohman English 112 Professor February 21, 2011 Overload What happens when we do research? Well for most people the starting point of choice is the internet and a search engine. Then a few seconds later and we are staring at a list of web pages 20 million entries long, each of which may or may not have relevance to your actual question. Our world is full of information and that information is growing every day. At the time Snow Crash was written, the most effective way of finding information was to go to the library and start reading. The task would have been difficult and time consuming, but now that our computers have the ability to bring us infinite volumes of text to our screen, are our lives any better? Does the increased volume of information and the ease that we access it with make us better off than the people of the early 90’s? Every day, just like Gargoyles we upload massive amounts of information to the internet; pictures, videos, status updates and more. And just like Stephenson’s Library , the internet is becoming so packed with information that it is becoming more difficult to sort through it all. Stephenson’s primary themes in Snow Crash were information overload, the effects that it would have on society, and what it might ultimately lead to. He seemed to think that it would lead to the end of our humanity, but will that be true? At the dawn of the digital information storage age (about 50 years ago) IBM’s Model 350 Disk File was as big as a fridge, could hold about enough information for about one MP3 formatted song and had a price tag around eighty thousand dollars. The combination of inefficient storage space and high price tags made it very inconvenient for consumers and
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Hohman 3 businesses to stored digital data, so they just went without. It was not until the early 90’s that digital storage became more practical and affordable for personal computer users . In the early 90’s the internet was starting to be widely available to the public. As more people and corporations joined and linked their computers together, information sharing and transfers started to happen with greater frequency. As time went on information transfers increased in size and hard drive space became cheaper. As saving and forgetting documents became more practical, information overload was the only possible outcome. In the same way the printing press was able to create books with ease, making the
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This note was uploaded on 11/07/2011 for the course ENG 112 taught by Professor Savoie during the Spring '08 term at Miami University.

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ENG 112 Inquary 2v2 - Hohman 1 Writers letter I decided to...

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