Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Neil Postman VS Frank Rose

In the article, "The Judgement of Thamus" by Neil Postman is an essay that is based on technology and now bad it could be in society today. First, Neil Postman begins with Thamus, the  king of a great city in Upper Egypt. Thamus believes that "writing will be a burden to society and nothing but a burden." (201). But this is definitely not the case. When the world was introduced to technology, it seemed that everything, including everyone became more advanced, but also less dependent on old fashion way of living Neil Postman states, "Every technology is both a burden and a blessing; mot either-or, but this -and-that."(201). In other words, Neil Postman is saying that technology and be good for us, but also bad. People are relying on technology like television or computers to our lives easier. If we are just learning from a screen, we won't actually learning anything. That little hamster in it's running wheel isn't running as fast as he was. Basically, Neil Postman is saying that technology and be good for us, but also bad. People are relying on technology like television or computers to make our lives easier. If we are just learning from a screen, we won't actually learning anything. That little hamster in your head, running in it's little wheel isn't running as fast as he was before. In conclusion, Neil Postman is saying that technology isn't all that it appears to be. We lose our original way of thinking.  

Connections: I feel that both Neil Postman and Frank Rose both have different views instead of similar ones. Neil's focus was more on technology and Frank's focus was being aware of how movies can change our way of thinking. Neil Postman  was more into technology being more efficient then reading and writing. Frank Rose was more into the will being of people reading books and entering a fantasy world. In no way do I see these authors having any similarities.  

Here a video that I found that relates to Neil Postman :

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcQ0MYXG5b0

https://www.google.com/search?q=kids+on+computer+lose+focus&tbm=isch&ei=Pcm0U4n5JoSNyASvuIKoDQ
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https://www.google.com/search?q=kids+in+classroom&tbm=isch&ei=Pcm0U4n5JoSNyASvuIKoDQ

( LINK FOR PICTURE 2 )

3 comments:

  1. towards the end of your summary you repeated the same thing twice (probably was unintentional). Anyways i haven't read this article by Neil Postman but i do agree technology can be good and bad for us. Computers can increase visual literacy skills, but if you depend too much on a computer you can get lazy and lack in a very important area: critical thinking.

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  2. Nathan raises a good point about the end of your summary. I'm also not sure if the summary is just Postman's ideas or if some are your own :-/

    I also don't think Rose and Postman differ nearly as much as you think. Take a closer look.

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  3. I agree with the professor because the articles were similar but they only differ, in my opinion, with their conclusion

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