Today, the value of computers is one of the most controversial issues. The computer is not only used for facts any longer. We now use computers for personal reasons such as for online communication, social media, and so much more. Computers are major advancements everyday. More and more features are being put on the computer to benefit the everyday life of people.But as stated before, IS the computer beneficial or does it have more negatives than anything.
In the article “Who Am We?”, the author, Sherry Turkle, talks about how the internet form communities of people because of the online communication. In my opinion, people talk more on computers which includes cell phones because it is a lot faster. You have different social media websites that allows you to out a message in someone’s mailbox and it sits there until they see it. Your able to see if they received the message or not. It makes it so much convenient. Whereas with a letter, you don’t know if the person received the letter or not unless they call and tell you. But Turkle’s main concern was that people was overindulging the internet which I can understand. People spend 24/7 on the internet.
I also felt that “A Rape In Cyberspace” by Julian Dibbell also brought up the negatives of the computer/internet. This article talks about one of the biggest issues that happens in the internet which is privacy and security. The main type that many people face is when it comes to money. I think many people face this around the holidays because of the Christmas shopping and Cyber Monday. That is why it is important that you make sure that the site is on is legit. I never put my information on a website if it is not a company that I heard of. But the article makes you wonder how secure the internet actually is.
Another article that I found interesting and enjoyed is called “Why Your Brain Isn’t a Computer?”.They say that the brain works as a computer because we can retain information for a long time. Well researchers say otherwise. We actually have the power to control and choose as to what goes in our minds. Computers, on the other hand, doesn’t. Computers aren’t able to choose what goes in or not. Whatever people put in is what information computers get. And in my opinion, computers can also figure out calculation on its own that the brain can’t do. If the brain can do it , it usually takes long.
Overall, I think that the computers are beneficial. I think that there are some useful features that computers offer. But just like with anything you have to be careful. There are always dangers in everything that you do.