I Read This Is Technological Advances Have Shaped This Era Into What It Is Today?

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Logan McFarland
Desi Bradley
English 101
5 February 2013
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Technological advances have shaped this era into what it is today. From news articles to Facebook posts, we are always reading throughout the day. In the article, “Nation Shudders at Large Block of Uninterrupted Text” by The Onion in the book Everyone’s an Author, raises questions how reading habits have changed over the past couple generations. One has to wonder what text we take the time to read and what text we do not take the time to read. Everyday advertisements, articles, and many other texts pry for our attention. In this day and age, people want information right away. This article shows how reading habits by Americans have shifted over the past few decades and generations.
The author claims that generation Z (people born from 1995-2010) is shaped by technology, and in turn, we have become a lazy generation. The author argues that, “Without an illustration, chart, or embedded YouTube video to ease them in, millions were frozen in place, terrified by the sight of one long, unbroken string of English words” (881). ‘Them’ refers to Americans. The author is claiming that America is becoming a nation full of electronic devices and new technology. As a result, we Americans expect videos on YouTube or simple illustrations to help us understand a concept we can read in text. People do not like reading mounds and mounds of text. The author claims, “As the public grows more desperate, scholars are working
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