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Although many would argue that due to such ease of access the quality of written content has decreased. This decrease in quality is seen in instant messages and with the use of shorthand or slang due to a casual attitude toward literature now. Throughout “Public Thinking,” Thompson pushes to disprove these ideas and to convince readers that quality as well as quantity of written subject matter has increased. Although Thompson is correct in that quantity has increased, Thompson fails to successfully convince the reader of the idea that quality has increased. In “Public Thinking,” Clive Thompson notes that “literacy in North America has historically been focused on reading, not writing; consumption, not production” (Thompson, 50). Thompson explains how in the past, literacy was mainly focused on reading, therefore implying that the writing skills of the past were inferior to what they are today. This is a subjective claim due to the fact that Thompson lacks the evidence to support his idea. Nowhere in “Public Thinking” does Thompson include any evidence displaying a piece of writing of lesser quality than a piece of writing from today’s date and time. While it may be implied that people of today have better writing skills than that of the past, one must take into account the idea that the
Ramirez 3 writings of today are very slang and casual whereas writings of the past were typically of some importance and/or formal type. Clive Thompson succeeds in using many different pieces of evidence in an attempt to support his argument that literacy today is better than that of the past. One use of evidence used by Thompson in “Public Thinking” is the interview with Gabriel Weinberg, the founder of DuckDuckGo. Thompson discusses the concept that when there is an audience, the writer will produce a better piece of written material than that of one who has no audience. With the explosion in the use of the internet and online public forums and blogs, there has been a growth in the number of writings done for an “anonymous” audience. The presence of such audience, or the possibility that someone out in the world will read one’s work, pushes the author to produce a better quality document according to the ideas of Thompson and Weinberg. During the interview

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