Vitanza's CyberReader and Internet Confusion Essay examples

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Vitanza's CyberReader and Internet Confusion


A rock falls off a cliff and hits another. Both these rocks in turn collide with many other rocks as they fall down the cliff. Finally, all the rocks splash into the water with a mess of confusion and chaos. Victor Vitanza's compiled text, CyberReader , made me feel as if I had finally reached the cushioned bottom with a sense of relief and triumph, tinged with a bit of confusion. Vitanza attempts to, but does not successfully accomplish his goal, which is in his own words is "to introduce. . .the Internet (the Net) and the World Wide Web (WWW)" (vii). He progresses from an explanation of the terms used in the virtual world to an explanation of a wide array of advantages and disadvantages of
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Sadly, Vitanza did not finish here. Leading off with, Michael Meyer and Anne Underwood's "Crimes of the Net", he dives right into a variety of articles which demonstrate sexual politics, pornography and violence on the Internet. This section only reiterates the much belabored point that the Internet is dangerous.

At this point the CyberReader took a definite downward spiral into an abyss. Had Vitanza excluded the next two chapters, he would have finished far ahead in the game; for these sections failed to have any relevance to the purpose of the CyberReader. Instead of providing an introduction to the Internet, these sections blame the Internet and technology, such as television, with causing the disappearance of books, journals and newspapers. Sven Birkerts, in his article "Into the Electronic Millennium", states that "[t]he printed word is part of a vestigial order that we are moving away from-by choice and by societal compulsion" (204). Neil Postman was concerned that children were not learning how to write because they were watching too much television. In his conversation with Camille Paglia he expressed that "many of my students no longer understand, for example, the principle of contradiction. . .This habit derives from television" (200). These authors make extreme generalizations, which at this time have no proofs or supports. 

To make matters worse, Vitanza may have attempted to avoid…

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