Essay about Summary of Flight from the Conversation

1032 Words Mar 12th, 2013 5 Pages
Evaluation for “the Flight from Conversation”
Time flows; things change. The development of technology enables people to both access the world and people more rapidly. We immediately know the news that happen all over the world because of the Internet; we make friends with people thousands miles away through social networks; and we can have artificial intelligence or applications like SimSimi to accompany us when we are lonely. With time, these connections can start to replace real face-to-face conversation. In comparing the two different kinds of communications --conversation and mere connection-- in her writing “Flight from Conversation,” the M.I.T psychologist and professor, Sherry Turkle reveals the trends of a plugged-in life that
…show more content…
In order to enhance her argument, Turkle uses the rhetorical strategies of oppositions and repetitions of words and phrases like “alone together”; “a tribe of one”; “conversation”; “connection”; and “we are able to be with one another, and also elsewhere, connected to wherever we want to be” to show that in the present, people are together but in theirs own “little bubbles.” A personal example of our new isolation reveals this. Last summer, a scene of a family holding IPhones and playing games the entire flight reminded me of the family trip that I made. In contracts to this scene, I used to sit in the middle of my mum and dad, telling stories and sharing comments, but this is rare today.
The move from “conversation” to “connection” appears both among friends and families. Moreover, in the beginning of the article “Flight from Conversation,” Turkel’s use of all capitals in “WE” effectively attracts the readers’ attention and “WE,” Generation of the Information Era resonate with this. Later, in the article, Turkle efficiently summarizes examples of the plugged-in lives common influence to people from different backgrounds. Coherently connecting several paragraphs, these examples not only add credibility to this article, but also show that hi-technology can only result in quiet, “a quiet that does not ask to be broken.”
Turkle uncovers a problem in the move from conversation to connection: we
Open Document