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Assignment 10B

An example of a literature I found of an imagined future is called I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works by Nick Bilton. He focuses on technology, media, and social interactions and how this is all going to change in our future. He says that the 21sst century is just the beginning of the horrors to come. Now with everyone constantly on their phones technology is just going to keep on increasing. Where technology replaces technology. We are going to be in a world where technology is going to be so in our lives we are going to depend on it to live and it will also start changing our brains. He gave an example that soon surgeons who play more video games will perform better at their job then those who don’t. Information in the fictional future is at your fingertips even more then it is now. Information is going to be forced in our lives everyday with the increase of technology.

Assignment 1B

Both Jabr and Badke, explain the differences between digital books and printed books. In “The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens” by Ferris Jabr, Jabr describes his share of information regarding the evolution of digital books pertaining to generations. Generally youngsters of our generation only know iPhones, iPads, kindles, nooks etc. Whether it is a device for communication or reading, technology has advanced. I find digital reading to be much more convenient when I’m on the train or ferry. Its simple to grasp any reading material through smartphones on apps. As such digital devices have become increasingly popular, it may be notable to wonder if electronics are as helpful as printed paper. I have found holding a printed book may sometimes hurt my hand after awhile. However through digitally, reading is not tedious. Lastly I believe reading through a screen does not affect your memory. In my opinion I can read online lectures, and maintain the information just the same as through a printed physical copy. Jabr is trying to show us how technology has changed digitally through reading, however printed books will not be forgotten.

Assignment 1B

I read a chapter from the book “Networked: The New Social Operating System of Networked Individualism” by Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman. I read the text in print because it is my preferred method of accessing information. Someone who is interested in this book most likely already knows what it will be about based on the title alone. The first chapter starts by sharing a story where social media started and helped to fix a problem. The story itself was realistic enough that it can happen to anyone. That alone drew me in as a reader. The format wasn’t an academic overflow of information. The story stayed relevant to the book’s topic without feeling like it may be a waste of time. As for the text itself, I can tell that it is going to meaningfully adapt whatever information it contains to what happens in our everyday lives. This format is definitely good for the intention of drawing readers in.

From Papyrus to Pixels Summary

In the article “From Papyrus to Pixels” The Economist tackles a topic that readers like myself face in everyday life. That is the problem of the e-reader and how it has changed how we choose to read. As technology advances there are new ways to access information. The Economist speaks about the pros and cons in using an e-reader or other electronic reading devices versus reading words in an actual book. It was mentioned how students retain more information when reading a book and how it puts less strain on the reader themselves. Although the author’s research has been in favor of the book, there is still a possibility that they may become obsolete due to the fact that the information can be easily accessed electronically. Only time will tell how we choose to access our information in the future.

Summary- “From papyrus to pixels; The future of the book”

In the article “From papyrus to pixels; The future of the book”, The Economist gives input on how books have changed to electronic assets readers can now use. Books have now been made on e-books, kindles, nooks, etc. The Economist believes that electronic books have not destroyed reading, but have instead expanded reading. For instance, books have evolved in the form of becoming more convenient for some people. E-books allow readers to pick up books within their touch, by simply tapping and purchasing them. Therefore it is possible to not have to physically go to a store or library, searching for a book one may desire. I find the idea of electronic books to be helpful, arranging a quicker way to get what you want in the world of reading. Lastly, The Economist states that books as a whole, “are a technology in their own right, one developed and used for the refinement and advancement of thought.” By saying this it is concluded that books have developed naturally, technology has always existed and will continue to advance.

Question: If generally books are a technology, why should a certain type of book be condemned by society?