Has Technology Ruined Out Ability to Communicate?

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Kien Tran Rhetorical Analysis “Has technology ruined our ability to communicate?” by Natalie Bencivenga appears in the premier American news website The Huffington Post. In this article, Natalie aims to convince that social media and the new technology such as smartphones have worsened our communication skills. We live in a new era, an era in which people communicate with text-messages, Facebook, Skype and tons of other social networks that connect people. Back in the days, there was only the phone, letters and obviously face to face as a means of communication. Now, people can have a virtual face to face interaction across the globe in seconds. Because of these new innovations, some people believe that they have ruined how we interact rather than improving it. Natalie is one of them. Although, she makes valid points about the issue, she doesn’t successfully persuade the reader that technology and social network has ruined our ability to communicate. The Huffington post is mostly based as a news blog. Although, it is relatively new (founded in 2005), it has become as one of the most prominent online newspapers in the United States. According to the statistics, the newspaper has a really good range of audience. It is popular among people between 25 and 64 years .This supports the fact that the newspaper has a big reputation. However, one interesting fact about the demographics of the audience is the majority of it has no kids. Natalie Bencivenga is one of the main authors in the Healthy Living section of the newspaper. Her articles feature advices on improving people’s lifestyles. The purpose of her article is to address the people who have already “gotten” into communication through social networks and technology to take a look how that has changed their ability to interact. She uses an example of a conversation between two people aged between 25 and 30 years.

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