Reflection Of The Informative Synthesis

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At the start of the course, the class was introduced to the writing type: Summary. It was difficult to grasp because the previous writing styles that were used were subjective. Though, the transition from subjective to objective was successful. Notably, the concept of summary aided in constructing the annotated bibliographies. Which, helped with one of the harder assignments: The Informative Synthesis. Within the informative synthesis, there was a use of summary and an incorporation of comparing articles. Ultimately, the skills used in the informative synthesis carried onto the rhetorical analysis. The rhetorical analysis differed from the other assignments by being more subjective. When I started on this assignment, I had to
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Modern can be characterized by or using the most up-to-date techniques, ideas, or equipment. Society, typically, associates modern with the use of technology and the internet. Yet, there are those among us who do not believe that the use of modern technology is resourceful. Those who are uncomfortable with the advances, generally, use the traditional way of interpreting and sharing information. An example would be the use of books or face-to-face communication. Could the use of technology change the basis of learning and gathering information? To be more specific, in “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Nicholas Carr attempted to answer this question in the article. Because of the technological advances in society, Carr claims that the internet causes the human brain to be infinitely malleable. Deep reading, as the author states, is now a struggle for himself. Thus, change must be an issue for others. Change takes effort. Malcom Gladwell’s “Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted?” explains that the change that the public wants will not be as effective if social media is used. Social media has been a driving force of communication for the current generation and used as a platform for activism. Is this platform effective? Can it be as effective as traditional …show more content…
In Gladwell’s article, he uses binaries to show how the new age of social activism is not beneficial if individuals want a prominent change in society. These binaries include: weak ties vs. strong ties, social media activism vs. in-person activism, lack of organization vs. hierarchy, low risk vs. high risk. Having the rhetorical devices of ethos, pathos, and logos, Gladwell could have the potential to relate to the younger generation but falls short. Some of the examples that were given were not relatable to this generation. He used historical events, such as the Civil Rights Movement and other events that occurred before this generation was born. The only members of the current generation that it would possibly relate to would be those of African descent because the struggles of their parents’ and grandparents’ generation has been passed on to them. However, it is highly inappropriate to compare the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement to the struggles of today’s current issues and movements. The others in that generation could try to relate, but these events did not occur presently. Those among the current generation could counter his argument by giving instances where social media has made a positive impact for specific movements are happening now. Gladwell’s language is also condemning from the perspective of someone from this generation, making it seem like having social media

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