Write an essay in which you compare and contrast related readings in Reading Critically, Writing Well:
Claudia Wallis’s “The Multitasking Generation” (p. 385-396) and Sherry Turkle’s “The Flight from Conversation” (p. 334-337).
Comparing and contrasting is a useful critical reading strategy; particularly applicable when writers present similar subjects, as is the case in the essays by Wallis and Turkle. Both authors write about the impact of technology on social interactions. In fact, Wallis uses Turkle as a source. Comparing is to analyze what the essays have in common; contrasting is to analyze how the essays differ.
Compare how the two writers handle what they perceive as threats from technology to social interaction. Think especially about how they approach the effects on people of relatively unrestrained use of technology:
- Do they have the same sense about it?
- Or are their attitudes different?
- Do they provide a similar history of it?
- How similar are their examples?
- How different?
What common ground do these authors share? Review your responses to the “assumptions” sections in the material following both essays: For Turkle’s essay, you examined the role of conversation and having control of oneself (and one’s interactions).
In response to Wallis’ essay, you examined the value of thinking deeply and of face-to-face socializing (p 397-8).
Wallis quotes Stephen Cox’s complaint that his family members “‘rarely have dinner together anymore.’ . . . ‘Everyone is in their own little world, and we don’t get out together to have a social life’” (par. 15). Wallis also reports that researcher Elinor Ochs is concerned about “[w]hat happens . . . as we replace side-by-side and eye-to-eye human connections with quick, disembodied e-exchanges . . .” (par. 18). In addition, Wallis notes that “[m]any educators and psychologists” believe that parents “need to” help teens “spend time in the physical company of human beings” (par. 34), and she concludes her essay after a quotation from psychiatrist Edward Hallowell about social occasions teens are not engaging in when they are multitasking—family dinners, conversations, family ski trips—“‘it’s what you are not doing that’s going to rot your life’” (par. 36). To think critically about the assumptions in this essay related to the value of faceto-face socializing, ask yourself questions like these:
●How is socializing via e-mail or Facebook or other online platforms different from socializing face-to-face?
● What advantages does face-to-face socializing have over technological socializing? What are its disadvantages?
●Do you share Wallis’s view that socializing face-to-face is superior to the alternative? Why or why not?
This 800 word three-draft essay is a thesis-driven paper. You must use and cite the two articles in the textbook as sources both in-text and on a correct Works Cited List; no other sources will be used. While you may work with many drafts, only the first draft may receive teacher input.
Comparing and contrasting is a useful critical reading strategy; particularly applicable when writers present similar subjects, as is the case in the essays by Orenstein and Stabiner. Both authors write about education. Comparing is to analyze what the essays have in common; contrasting is to analyze how the essays differ.
See Chapter 10, pp. 527-30 for detailed guidelines on comparing and contrasting related readings.
You must use and cite the two textbook sources correctly in MLA citation style, both in the body of the paper, and on the works cited page. No outside sources are allowed; when referring to the sources, avoid long quotes; use paraphrasing and summary so YOUR VOICE is heard in the paper, while using the source as evidence to support your claim. Be sure to review how to use quotes, paraphrasing, and summary effectively, and how to integrate evidence into a paper while citing correctly.
Make sure to include a correctly formatted MLA Works Cited List.
You can use any of the citation machines available at the bottom of this page:Documentation,but the WCL MUST be included and correctly formatted in MLA formatting.
Checklist for Comparing and Contrasting Related Readings:
1. Read them both to decide on a basis or grounds for comparison or contrast.
2. Reread and annotate one selection to identify points of comparison or contrast.
3. Reread the second selection, annotating for the points you have already identified.
4. Write up your analyses of the two selections, revising your analysis of the first selection to reflect any new insights you have gained.
Or write point-by-point comparison or contrast of the two selections.