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Slave to the InternetHad the course based off of “Internet-Age Writing Syllabus and Course Overview” been offered here at Rutgers, I can confidently say that I, unfortunately, know more than a handful of people who would be very eager to take it.  Robert Lantham hit the nail on the head with his description of todays generation.  I do not frequent the social media  as much as the majority of people my age, only because I don’t care to share my everyday life with a bunch of people who probably don’t care about what I’m doing on a daily basis.  I use Facebook to interact with my close friends and family, never to broadcast to the whole world what my complaints of the morning are.  But, I do know many people that do.

Robert Lantham’s “Lost Generation” reference should not be taken lightly, by those who understand it.  The “Lost Generation” refers to the men of our country who struggled to mentally get it together after coming back from World War 1.  These men have a valid reason to feel lost in the world after fighting one of the ugliest wars to have ever occurred.  The people of our generation(of course, with the obvious exceptions), do not have any reason to be lost in this world, except for the fact that many of us are preoccupied with things such as worrying what insignificant people think about us, than we are with trying to steer our lives in a productive direction.

Many posts on the internet, as Lantham describes, “glimmer with a complete lack of forethought.”  Why do people insist on sharing with the social media that the person sitting next to them on the bus sneezed 15 times?  Many social media posts are formed with the intentions of sharing ones burdens.  I will not say all because there are people on the internet who share relevant information, whether it be regarding themselves or current issues of the world.  But, there are an extraordinary amount of people who I believe, share their thoughts on social media solely for the purpose of having a status.

There are some key points throughout this syllabus that caught my eye.  In the list of prerequisites, I noticed that ‘book skimming’ was listed.  I have been told by a teacher that skimming is a skill students should try to acquire.  While it does seem logical and beneficial from the students behalf, the task is much easier said than done. “…the print medium is, um, boring…”.  This point I personally disagree with; of course technology has taken a huge step in replacing paper print, but there is still a significant amount of people in this world that prefer a book over a kindle.  I do agree with Lantham’s argument that there are people in this world that are against paper print in hopes of saving the environment.  With global warming being a huge issue, everyone is suddenly an environmentalist.  This is an argument that all people living green would, and do, definitely make.

With online classes being more popular now than ever, and the internet being the backbone of many classes, I am not surprised to see Lantham suggest unnecessary attendance.  The satire behind this Internet-Age syllabus really opens ones eyes to the realities of our world.  Technology gives us uncountable opportunities with constant access to information all at the palm of our hands.   Some people take advantage of this in different ways than others.  Will this class one day exist in our world?  At the rate we are going, possibly, but let’s hope not.

 

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