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Copy of "Cyberspace: If You Don't Love It, Leave It" by Esther Dyson
Daniel Mooreon 19 February 2013
Transcript of Copy of "Cyberspace: If You Don't Love It, Leave It" by Esther Dyson
by Esther Dyson
Midterm Prep WRITER FACTS VOCABULARY BANK futurist
itenerary FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS: Futurism is not solely the province of the computer whiz. Glen Howard Small brought his visions for the future to bear on architecture. Lucia Small charted the rise and fall of her father's ideas in "My Father, the Genius." Scion of physicist Freeman Dyson and mathematician Verena Huber-Dyson
Leading technology journalist and entrepreneur
Vocal advocate of the "Open Internet" movement One role of the "futurist" is to imagine the way the world will evolve with emerging technologies. Based on this essay, did Dyson do a good job of predicting where the Internet might take us? What about the modern internet can we say she anticipated? FUTURISM Dyson is writing from an age when internet access was far less prevalent and ubiquitous. Does Dyson's injunction to "love it or leave it" seem reasonable from our vantage point? Can you succeed in our society without regularly accessing the Internet? IMMERSION OR ISOLATION? In many ways, Dyson's essay is a relic, but her main argument has lost none of its pertinence. Governments and society still struggle to come to terms on the proper way to regulate the internet. Tim Wu is a leading advocate of "Net Neutrality." The following is a brief but dense graphic prepared by the Association for Progressive Communications. Assignment 1 Pointers Topic sentences Make sure you have one!
Try not to delay it
Avoid phrasing as a question (it needs to be a statement) Grammar, punctuation, style Reserve "I" for personal anecdotes
Use semicolons sparingly, i.e. with short sentences or with a transitional expression: "blah blah; however, blah blah" Development Aim for at least 1 or 2 concrete examples
Give proofs for points you disagree with too
A) In five paragraphs (introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion), consider whether or not you are convinced by the author’s argument or thesis. You will need to identify that thesis and analyze how the author proves it. Sample Midterm Question How do you determine the thesis or argument? Paraphrase the main point of the essay as you see it.
Use title or subtitle as guides (if helpful)
Look at who the writer agrees + disagrees with
Find the thesis statement and quote (key parts of) the controlling idea. Weak Identification of Thesis: Esther Dyson doesn't like controls placed on people. She wants everything to be free, including pirated movies. Better: Esther Dyson believes that the Internet should not be regulated by governments. She argues that everyone online can "choose where they visit," and so to censor particular websites--even those with sexually explicit content---is unnecessary and even "unconstitutional." Instead, we should focus on supporting "self rule," where users decide what is permissible and what is not. Responding show how her reasoning and examples make sense + supply your own examples in support
show how her reasoning or examples do not apply in all cases, or are incorrect somehow, then provide your own examples to counter Agree: Disagree: Dyson's reasoning... Dyson's examples: the Net is like real estate or a city: you only go where you want to go
government + legal attempts to restrict minors' access to "indecent communication"
email is "private and consensual"
"information and entertainment services" are voluntary + already controlled (i.e. purchases, subscriptions)
moderators can remove content or bar users
people are always free to go, unlike in the real world of national boundaries
Outlining Your Response... a) organize body paragraphs by exploring Dyson's "voluntary" argument
i.e. the ways that you see the Internet is or isn't voluntary for users
b) organize body paragraphs by Dyson's examples + proofs
i.e. explaining how they support her case, or fail to do so Decide on your thesis in response to Dyson, then...