It goes without saying that technology has advanced tremendously over the years. It makes it quicker and easier for people to acquire information and makes communicating more efficient. Have a friend that’s on a trip to New Zealand? iMessage or contact them on social media.
Can’t watch the morning news, everything that was spoken about was made into a YouTube video or is a major ‘trending topic’ on Twitter. Technology has grown immensely. It has allowed us to connect with people with ease and has made tasks so much easier. From desktops to iPhones, the world we live in allows us to communicate with anybody with internet access with just a couple of clicks of a mouse. From listening to our favorite music, to going to the mall, technology has made everyday life more convenient. It can’t be denied that technology has helped us as a society, however, there are arguments that claim technology has only hurt us, rather than helped us.In “Does Texting Affect Writing,” Michaela Cullington explores concerns about texting and whether it affects student’s writing.
Cullington acknowledges the concerns that come with texting as often as students do. She explains that some teachers claim students use “text lingo” in their academic writing and are failing to separate writing a paper and texting your best friend. Cullington informs us, “Teachers report findings ‘2’ for ‘to,’ ‘gr8’ for ‘great,’ ‘dat’ for ‘that,’ and ‘wut’ for ‘what,’ among other examples of textspeak, in their students’ writing” (362). She also speaks on how teachers believe texting correlated to sloppy handwriting and lack of proper grammar and punctuation usage. Students seem to simplify their writing so much to the point where they have no voice or emotion. It is also believed that since they text so much it has crippled their ability to communicate face to face with others. However, Cullington seems to disagree.
With her own research, she comes to find that texting has a very minimal effect on student writing. She believes the benefits of texting include that it encourages writing, it helps develop communication skills so where they are comfortable and have well developed thoughts. It can also motivate students to write more and help them practice. Texts are usually short, so it helps students summarize and be concise. She speaks from experience and how she texts quite frequently. She finds that she barely abbreviated or uses “text lingo” because it’s far more time consuming to do instead of spelling words out. Since she never abbreviates in texts, she never used them in writing.
Even if students use abbreviations in texts, she is confident students are aware of when it’s appropriate to use and when it’s not.In my Mom’s day, they used pagers and “brick phones”. There was no email, no iMessage, Myspace or infamous Twitter or Snapchat. If you wanted to talk to your friend, you paged them telling them to call you. There were payphones and house phones that you had to wind up to dial your friend or family members number. There was no caller ID and no contact list: you either had to remember someone’s number, have it written down somewhere, or check the phonebook. Many good things have come from the evolution of technology.
If you’re having an emergency, there’s a setting on smart phones where if you press your home or lock button 5 times, your phone will automatically call and alert 911 and your emergency contacts. If you meet someone that lives in a different country than you, you can keep in touch with them with social media and video chat.Social Media has taken over technology. There’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat, Tinder, Bumble, etc. The introduction of social media has changed the world in many ways. It affects everyone in different ways. Today it can be used as a very helpful tool in changing a person’s life, but at the same time cause conflict which can negatively impact a person.
While there are some negatives associated with social media, the positives in communication all around, has made the world better and more aware.In “Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted,” Malcolm Gladwell talks of social media, the evolution of it and how it has affected us all as a society. Social media has helped social activism evolve and has created a more aware society. However, when something tragic happens, we all become aware more often on social media. Years ago, during the Civil Rights movement before Facebook or Twitter, when deaths or tragedy occurred, we were all made aware by mouth or by news form and were driven to make a difference. We get up and take a stand. Over social media, expressing your feelings about an event is much different than getting up and doing something about it.
Gladwell speaks of how people on social media tend to believe that a Facebook friend is a real friend and that “signing up for a donor registry in Silicon Valley today is activism in the same sense as sitting at a segregated lunch counter in Greensboro in 1960” (408). Social media has created a mindset that if you participate in activism over the internet you’re truly taking a stand. It builds motivation to actually go out, take a stand and make a real difference and/or sacrifice. Traditional activism versus online variant. Social media is a tool used to build awareness, but the real activism is getting up and sacrificing something for what you believe in. The Civil Rights movements were extremely dangerous and risky for participants. Most still went because they believed in a cause.
Members were beaten, arrested and looked down on for believing something is right. Overall, if or when something truly devastating does happen, Gladwell believes that instead of being on social media, people will go out and do something about it.Social Media is a great way to become more aware of others around us and beyond. However, many people have gotten too comfortable with it and see it as though only using social media will truly make a difference in the world. As advanced as technology is, there is nothing more powerful than taking a stand and going out and fighting for something you believe in, which I believe is what Gladwell was trying to get at. Social Media reaches the screens of billions of people across the world. It’s a great start to getting involved and gathering people that are interested in a meaningful cause.
It goes without saying that technology has advanced tremendously over the years. It makes it quicker and easier for people to acquire information and makes communicating more efficient. From pagers and payphones to smartphones and texting, it has made a lot of ours lives easier. While it has evolved, it can only do so much for us as a society. When it comes to social activism, signing a petition on Twitter is much different than going to a Women’s march and actively participating. With technology and the creation of social media, it has made us more socially aware of what goes on in our world, but it unconsciously limits us from taking a real stand. Overall, technology has made large advances in such a short amount of time.
It has helped us all to be better and has helped the world become better.Works CitedCullington, Michaela. “Does Texting Affect Writing?” “They Say/I Say”:Young Scholars in Writing, pp. 361-370.Gladwell, Malcolm. “Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted.””They Say/I Say”: The New Yorker, 2010, pp.