Essay on Mr. Siegel, An American Nonfiction Writer

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Lee Siegel, an American nonfiction writer, once wrote, "[The] Internet creates a vast illusion that the physical social world of interacting minds and hearts does not exist. In this new situation, the screen is all that is the case...The new world turns the most consequential fact of human life—other people—into seemingly manipulable half presences wholly available to our fantasies." The problem is, Mr. Siegel wrote that quote in 2009. In seven years, the internet has undergone a paradigm shift in its handling of communities and discussion, now clearly supporting spreading ideas, participating in human discussion, and helping others.

First, the idea that the internet doesn 't allow for "interacting minds and hearts" has been disproved a multitude of times, especially recently. Almost a year to the day ago, Reddit user by the name of "MyLastTie" published a post entitled "Soon I will be gone forever, but that 's okay as long as someone reads this", describing the poster 's terminal cancer diagnosis and attempted treatment, then telling users to "Let your life be shaped by decisions you made, not by the ones you didn’t," closing with "I hope that you will listen to someone who has experienced how valuable time is". The post amassed 25,800 "points", or likes, and triggered something no one suspected – it really worked. In the weeks following the post going viral, cancer donations increased by twenty percent, searches for quitting smoking almost doubled, and the suicide hotline…

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