- Ian Bogost. “Introduction to How To Do Things with Video Games.” (Empathy excerpt)
- This point of view is neutral. Bogost points out how people don’t usually like to be in the shoes of the powerless but these video games provide a sense of empathy that might not translate through real life events or lessons.
- Nicholas Carr. ” The Shallows” (Watchdog and the Thief excerpt)
- This point of view is pessimistic. Carr brings up the argument of both sides in terms of the content of the medium but comes to the conclusion that the medium is “our master”, insinuating that humans are at the will of the medium.
- Nicholas Carr, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” from the Atlantic
- This point of view is pessimistic. Carr argues that the immediacy of the Internet has made our attention span shorter and our ability to look for things worse.
- Neil Postman. “The Huxleyan Warning,” from Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
- This point of view is pessimistic. Postman discusses that there is an overhaul in entertainment that we do not know the power of.
- Sherry Turkle. “The Flight From Conversation,” The New York Times
- This point of view is pessimistic as Turkle discusses how human-to-human relationships and interactions change because of mobile devices. She also discusses how we find comfort in the delusion that out technology is listening.
- Henry Jenkins. “Convergence Culture” (Introduction excerpt)
- This point of view is neutral as Jenkins discusses the pros and cons of media convergence
- Clay Shirky. “Here Comes Everybody,” Chapter 1
This point over view is pessimistic as Shirky discusses the fact that media has made it possible for anyone to do anything and because of this, it makes it hard for professionals to be take