Article Analysis

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Sherry Turkle, narrator of "The Flight from Conversation," wrote the article to inform readers on how technology has constructed a barrier between human interactions. Not much is known about the writer except that she is a psychologist and professor at M.I.T. She organizes the article by stating facts, stating her opinion, giving examples, and then ends it by encouraging the audience to make an effort to converse without the use of technology.
The introduction begins with statements the narrator is certain about such as "At home, families sit together, texting and reading e-mail. At work executives text during board meetings. We text (and shop and go on Facebook) during classes and when we're on dates". This is so readers may relate to any of the above mentioned and create a sense of involvement in the article. Turkle emphasizes the word "we" a couple of times throughout the article to show that she is also guilty. For instance, "WE live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection," and "WE expect more from technology and less from one another and seem increasingly drawn to technologies that provide the illusion of companionship without the demands of relationship." She wants to let the audience know that she is not innocent and assumes that all readers are also guilty.
Turkle bases her opinions upon various past experiences with many different people. "Over the past 15 years, I've studied technologies of mobile connection and talked to hundreds of people of all ages and circumstances about their plugged-in lives." This was to gain trust from the audience by proving that she has looked into the lives of various age ranges to see how much technology has had an impact on their lives. The article is strongly opinionated as she often states her opinions such as "I've learned that the little devices most of us carry around are so powerful that they change not only what we do, but also who we are". By doing this, she is persuading readers to have her mind state against technology in human interactions throughout the article.
In the fourth paragraph, Turkle says "We've become accustomed to a new way of being "alone together". "Alone together," refers to the way there could be a group of people all in one room and on their phones, avoiding socializing. "..We are together, but each of us in our own bubble, furiously connected to keyboards and tiny touch screens." This conjecture convinces the audience that technology has caused people to become socially awkward. The following statement "A 16-year-old boy who relies on texting for almost everything says almost...

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