Paper 2: Boyd, It's Complicated

ET 690 Educational Technology Seminar

Write a brief paper to answer the following questions. The paper should be typed and double-spaced and conform to basic rules of APA style. Be sure that the paper is double-spaced, with 1 inch margins, in a 12 point font, and with numbered pages. Under no circumstances should the entire paper be fewer than 5 pages or greater than 10 pages (page counts do not include your title page or an optional page dedicated to references). This paper should be submitted electronically.

1. Throughout the book, Boyd talks about how technology doesn’t really change anything but amplifies things that are already there. For example, "What is new is the way in which social media alters and amplifies social situations by offering technical features that people can use to engage in these well-established practices" (Boyd, p. 13). Describe ways that this amplification is both positive and negative.

2. Do you agree with Boyd’s premise that technology is merely amplifying the kinds of things that teens have always done, or do you think that it changes things on some significant level beyond amplification. Why? Support your argument with examples from the book and your own life.

3. Postman says, "I do not say, of course, that schools can solve the problems of poverty, alienation, and family disintegration. But schools can respond to them. And they can do this because there are people in them, because these people are concerned with more than algebra lessons or modern Japanese history, and because these people can identify not only one's level of competence in algebra but one's level of rage and confusion and depression" (p. 48). Describe one problem that Boyd claims that teens of today face and to which you feel schools can respond in some way. Describe steps that schools can take to respond to these problems. Alternatively, describe why you think that schools should not respond to any of the problems that Boyd describes.

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