Midterm will be online on Canvas.

Turkle “No Need to Call”

Sherry Turkle in “No Need to Call” (373) argues that teenagers and adults use texting as an alternative to phone calls. This leads to isolation from friends and family.

She was once optimistic about the potential of technology to improve human lives but now takes a more complex view.

What is her view about technology?

What pitfalls does she see in our reluctance to talk on the phone or face-to-face?

According to Turkle, we “hide as much as [we] show” in text messages and email,
presenting ourselves “as [we] wish to be ‘seen’” (388). Is this so different from what
we do in most of our writing? How do you present yourself in your academic writing,
and how does that presentation differ from what you do in text messages or email?

We have read two previous articles that address many of the same points as Turkle, Michaela Cullington, “Does Texting Affect Writing?” (393) and Jenna Wortham, “I Had a Nice Time with You Tonight. On the App” (361). What do they have to add to this discussion?

Chapter 7, Who Cares?

Chapter 7 explains the importance of addressing the “so what?” and “who cares?” questions when writing and making an argument. You essays will become stronger once you begin addressing these questions in your writing.

The “who cares?” question considers who has a stake in the argument. The “so what?” helps the reader understand what the larger implications of consequences of the topic are.

These questions work great in many parts of your essays. They are especially helpful for writers who struggle with introductions and conclusions. A good tip is to address these questions in the introduction and conclusions.

Texting, So What?

Who are the people that care if we are texting instead of calling? Who has a stake in the matter?

Brainstorm for three minutes all the groups who have a stake in the argument.

Free Write

Free write for five minutes on why these groups care or why the topic matters.

Template To Use:

I’m _______________, and this matters to me because_________________ . . .

Quick Write

Draft a paragraph, introduction or conclusion, incorporating the so what? and who cares? factors.

This is important because ___________ . . .

This essay will benefit _______________, because _____________________. . .