Kozol addresses his readers so that they may spread awareness on illiteracy and eventually resolve the problem. Questions: 1. These explanations confuse the effects of illiteracy with the causes by saying that laziness is the cause of illiteracy, when in reality illiteracy is the cause of innovativeness, that an illiterate has to adopt, that is seen as laziness and stupidity. Kozol refutes these stereotypes with his examples of just how much illiteracy affects a person showing that they become almost immobilized and isolated by it. In his opinion the nation and it's leaders are at fault for not addressing this problem.
“So much of American society has become sloppy and laissez faire about the mechanics of writing” (Naomi Baron 88). Baron is making a bold statement by saying that, but she is a linguistics professor at American University and has seen a bad impact on student writing. Another statement made was “it reinforces simplistic writing that may be acceptable for conversation but is not so good for critical thinking or analysis” (Cullington 89). Both of these points are very true and definitely affect what the final outcome will be, weather it makes writing worse, or has no affect at
Eng. 101 September 12, 2013 Reading Response What’s So Bad about Hate? “What’s So Bad about Hate” by Andrew Sullivan is an essay that looks into the effectiveness of using the word hate. Sullivan clearly feels that this word is used too often in day to day context. Hate is a strong word and is pretty vague in meaning.
The Intro of the essay asserts the notion that the English language has been disfigured by the human race and is on the residual decline as a resultant. Mr. Orwell attributes this downfall to politics and economic causes but goes on to outline his remedy to correct what he refers to as a “reversible” process. George Orwell goes on to cite passages from several prominent essays and articles, concluding on the similarities in their staleness of imagery and lack of precision. He criticizes the passages, stating that the incompetence and vagueness of such political writings desecrates correct English prose- construction. DYING METAPHORS.
Abstract John Humphrys’ article “I h8 txt msgs; How Texting is wrecking our language” is a cynical piece about how texting is bad for the English language. He believes that English will deteriorate into acronyms and a mnemonic system. He starts off with explaining his love for the dictionary. Each use of a dictionary leads to enlightenment, according to Humphrys. The newest edition of oxford English dictionary came out; to humphrys’ humor, the new edition “has removed the hyphen from no fewer than 16,000 words.” The fact the hyphen has been removes isn’t what gets to Humphrys, but what he believes to be the reasoning is what shocks him.
Social attitudes towards texting are sometimes quite negative, for example, John Humphrys believes that the English language is being damaged by the multi modal talk hence the title ‘I h8 txt msgs: How texting is wrecking our language’ and that the younger audience has been influenced to use more slang and vague words such as ‘like’. In this case Humphrys believe that because teenagers are using brevity and non-standard English it is ruining their language. John Humphrys is a clear example of traditionalists this means he is against the forms of texts and you can learn that Standard English is his only preference. ‘a good dictionary is a fine thing’,
I will be analyzing two of these contradicting opinions as well as discuss my justifiable conclusions. The following two articles (underlined) highlight two different points of view on the restoration of art, the first emphasizing the negative affects restoration has had on artworks and how it is not worth the risk, whereas the second article shows restoration to be a positive attribute to the world of historic art. Writer, Esther Inglis-Arshell writes in her article titled “The worst art restoration mistakes of all time”. She states when summarizing her view/response to the restoration of art that “every decision is another chance to ruin
This is just one way text messaging is negatively impacting society. It is not surprising to see grammatical errors while messaging. Texters today use timesavers and acronyms on a regular basis, testing this group’s obvious laziness. These shortcuts cause people to become illiterate. In the article “The Disadvantages Texting Has Brought Upon Society”, by Rob Hausler, he states, “Not only are
Swift’s story portrays his animosity against the way England was changing. In George Orwell’s essay on the examination of “Gulliver’s Travel” he says, “Moreover, it is difficult not to feel that in his shrewder moments Gulliver is simply Swift himself, and there is at least one incident in which Swift seems to be venting his private grievance against contemporary society.” Swift’s critics have argued that he purely hates humankind, and Swift’s reply to these comments is that he only hates humankind’s folly (Chin). “Gulliver’s Travels” is a satire of the society of England during its publish, Swift ridicules the people of the time. This story is like playing a joke on someone, its subtly making fun of its readers, yet it is still popular, and how is that? Because these people were so naive and shallow, they could not see their own flaws.