Type: Research Essays
Sample donated: Madeline Beck
Last updated: December 25, 2019
NorkaJorges English2010Roughdraft Paper #1ProfessorJoshua Terry Rhetorical Analysis of”The Flight from Conversation”Sherri Turkle’s essay talks about how technology has greatlyinfluenced the lives of human beings, mostly in recent decades. She clearlystates by using the element of logic (logos), that we are currently facing acritical problem such as the loss of face-to-face communication due to theexcessive use of cell phones, iPads, laptops, computers or any other electronicmeans that allows us to be communicated through technology.Turkle also uses well-constructed and clear logicalideas (logos) and bring credibility to her argument (ethos), when sheprovides real-life examples.
She claims that people are isolating from theenvironment of their homes, the workplace, or anywhere because cell phones andother technology are inhibiting the ability to speak with others in person. Shepresents more credibility and makes her argument stronger when she identifiesherself as an expert on the topic. She states that have studied the technologyof mobile connection for more than fifteen years and that she has spoken withhundreds of people of all ages about their “plugged in lives.
” Sheincludes critical thinking through analysis when she exposes in a short butsignificant way; that any type of electronic device is capable of changing whatthe person does, but also the device can change the person who uses them.The element of pathos is used by Turkle when she explains thatsocial networks are a way for the individual to be alone and at the same timeto be connected with many people. This phenomenon is causing the change of ourbehavior towards people when we have to face them in person. Many people findit very difficult to talk with others face to face due to the fact they onlycommunicate behind a screen of an electronic device. Also, she includes the emotionof sadness in the case of the businessman who laments no longer havingcolleagues at work. Both the businessman and his colleagues do not want to beinterrupted because they are always busy using their cell phones, checkingtheir emails or doing anything they consider more necessary than talk.
In a like manner, a sixteen-year-old boy fond of sending textmessages usually pointed with some remorse: “Someday, someday, butcertainly not now, I would like to learn how to have a conversation. “Emotion is present in the quote because it seems that young people have movedfrom conversation to connection. This transition is causing the loss ofvaluable information transmitted by our voice or our body language. Anotherexample of pathos provided by Professor Sherry Turkle is the case of a seniorpartner in a Boston law firm when he describes the scene of his office as the”silence of the connection” between the young associates who work inthat office. Turkle applies a humorous tone when she says that young lawyersput their earphones as pilots, put all kinds of technology on their desks andturn it into cockpits.Sherry Turkle adds real-life facts to her argument as a logicalelement.
Many times, we are tempted to edit the way we want our lives to beseen in public. In the 5th paragraph of page 137, Turkle is able to consider theother side of her reasoning since she exposes that social networks likeFacebook, Twitter and emails have a valuable place in politics, commerce,romance, and friendship. However, she reiterates that we have learned to usethe online connection to edit and improve our image as well as minimize ourconversations. Her point of view is understandable when she affirms that a”sip” of online connection does not work on the ground that a conversationallows knowing and demonstrating the appreciation of one another.Another example of Turkle using logic in her essay is when sheasserts that electronic conversations are quick and concise, on the other hand,a human interactive conversation has a different nature since it is developedslowly and it teaches patience. In a conversation, we are made to see thingsfrom another point of view, which is a necessary condition for altruism andempathy. Turkle once again uses pathos and includes a tone of humor giving anexample of how people turn to technology for advice on humans.
She explainsthat a sophomore high school confides to her that he would like to talk to anartificial intelligence program instead of talking to her father because itcould have better information in its database. Also, many young people wouldlike Siri on iPhones to become more advanced, as it would be like acompanionship without the demand of a relationship.The author tells about the numerous research she hasaccomplished throughout her life about people and their relationship withtechnology in order to make her readers believe in her credibility. Turklereveals when she brought a robot in the form of a baby seal to an elder-carefacility and that in a very interesting way, a woman talks to the robot aboutthe loss of her daughter.
The robot seemed to follow the conversation and madethe woman feel comforted.Professor Sherry Turkle effectively conveys her message byhelping to raise the general public’s awareness of how our communication methodis gradually changing from face-to-face conversations to electronicconversations through technology and the social networks. Turkle reflects herimage as a professional with knowledge and experience related to the topic topersuade the reader that her argument is valid. In addition, she provides goodquality writing based on logic and displays appropriate emotions to help usfeel more connected to writing.