Essay about Rhetorical Strategy : How Computers Change The Way We Think

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Interface Value: Rhetorical Strategies in Turkle’s, “How Computers Change the Way We Think”
“Technology does not determine change, but it encourages us to take certain directions” (Turkle 341) Sherry Turkle, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor’s, “How Computers Change the Way We Think,” published in 2014 in Identity: A Reader for Writers, argues that technology, specifically computer based tools, have become an extension of our thoughts and our identity. Beginning with evidential experience as a Science and Technology Professor to build her argument, Turkle appeals to the audience with the growth of technology, 20 years of survey data, privacy and students, identity, powerful point about Powerpoint, a faint look toward the future. In the article, Turkle brings the audience into her first experiences at MIT with the effect the most basic computational devices, calculators. She describes a specific scenario where she taught a lesson on Freud in a history of psychology class over the impact of computer based objects on their emotional lives. Turkle continues by revealing how a student argued against how Freud thought that Freudian slips weren’t a person’s mixed emotions, but rather “a power surge” (340). Throughout the article, Turkle takes the audience from 1970’s age of computers to the modern day age of computers by experiences to strengthen her argument. Turkle describes her first use of calculators in the 70’s at MIT and how these calculators led to many…

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