Ellen Goodman In Praise Of A Snail Analysis

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Technology today does take away from the personal feelings that pen and paper can convey. Ellen Goodman was correct in her essay “In Praise of a Snail’s Pace” saying that new technology today is taking away from culture. I once saw a cartoon joke that had a person hugging their computer and saying “I love my computer, because all my friends live in it.” I laughed at that at first, but I think now I realize how true that is for some people. Technology today makes the way we communicate less personal and blander. We talk to our friends today through a computer screen more than we do face to face sometimes. In her essay Goodman mentions how teenagers today are constantly obsessed with texting, instant-messaging, talking on the cell phone, while doing homework. For some people this addicting habit is true, and for…show more content…
Today however some businessmen have customers 500 miles away; way too far for a simple hand shake or face to face greeting. Instead they are likely to hope onto a PDA or online meeting room and chat, and view each other through a screen and camera. I feel that the connection between a costumer and seller is strongly lost there when this occurs and Goodman mentions how the response of a ringing cell phone has changed for some business men. The detrimental effect of technology is not just the impersonal feeling to the conversations now, but that it takes away from culture as well. People lose that feeling and emotion from an actual conversation with another person. More and more people are finding ways to communicate without talking or even looking at one another. To add to Goodman’s argument, I would say that such a climb toward impersonal and decline in cultural communication will continues on its slow but effective decay of human society. We can hope that some people will remember the importance of a snail pace
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