Digital Technologies Influencing Intellectual Development

I need to for this essay, you’ll need to read the following article from They Say/I Say with Readings:

Thompson, Clive. “Smarter than You Think: How Technology is Changing our Minds for the Better.”

They Say/I Say with Readings, edited by Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst, W.W.

Norton, 2015, pp. 441-461.

It will be imperative to read this entire article, making sure you have a strong understanding of Thompson’s main idea.

Topic
Write an essay reflecting on the ways digital technologies have influenced your own intellectual development, drawing from Thompson’s text and at least one of the following other readings from Chapter 17:

Nicholas Carr – “Is Google Making Us Stupid” (424)
Kenneth Goldsmith – “Go Ahead: Waste Time on the Internet” (500)
Sherry Turkle – “No Need to Call” (505)
Jenna Wortham – “How I Learned to Love Snapchat” (474)
Include references from Thompson and at least one of the other assigned readings listed above – and your own experiences – as support for your argument. Be sure to acknowledge views other than your own. The key will be connecting your ideas with the required support (Thompson + one of the other listed articles).

Citations
You will need a Works Cited page for this paper that lists Thompson’s article and the other article(s) from the assigned list used in your essay. Citations should follow the format for sources in an anthology like my citation for Thompson’s article above. You can use my citation as a model, but it will help to reference The Little Seagull Handbook as you’re putting together your second citation.

Additionally, you must include proper in-text citations every time you reference one of your sources. For example:

According to Thompson, “History also shows that we generally improve and refine our tools to make

them better” (Thompson 354).

It’s important to include signal phrases and in-text citations whether you’re directly quoting or summarizing your source material. Think of this as a good way to practice for the final research paper later this term!

Format
500 – 600 words (approximately 2 – 3 pages) – typed in standard 12 point font, double-spaced, with 1 inch margins. Do not attempt to play with margins, font size, etc. to make papers appear longer!
Final draft must follow MLA 8th edition format
The Little Seagull Handbook pp. 119-169.
For heading example, see syllabus.
Include an appropriate title centered on the first line.
Do not underline the title or put it in “quotation marks,” italics, or bold.
The title should reflect your discussion, not the name of the assignment.
Write in standard, formal English, avoiding slang and casual language.
Use of the second-person perspective (“you”) is not appropriate or acceptable in this essay.
You must include a Works Cited page listing the assigned article and any other articles referenced for this assignment.

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