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Cyberculture and the Future of Print

I remember a time, when I would actually sit down and write out an assignment, with a pencil and paper before going to the computer and typing it. Those days are long gone. Now when I have a writing assignment to do, I simply go to my computer desk, sit down, and begin to type. The technologies that once were have become something of the past, and we are faced with these high powered machines that connect to the World Wide Web in a matter of minutes, or link you to anyone across the United States for a one on one instant chat line message conversation. Within a ten year time period, we have become a very cyber centered society, and I dont expect a change any time soon. The purpose of this draft, is to explain how cyberculture has changed the way that we think about writing, and ourselves in particular as software publishers.

As young adults, it is always instilled in us, there is a right way and a wrong way to do something. I am taught by the wikipedians to write out a draft for my paper(s) along with an outline before getting started. That is the right way. Doing it this way provides the main idea and key points that I am using in my drafts paper. Now 5 years later, I find that when I have to write a paper, I find that I need to write every thing out. I sit at the computer and let it flow. I am saying this is the right way of doing things because its just my way. A way that has, for the most part worked for 5 years I try to think of myself as a very objective person. Just because I can appreciate all that a computer can do, does not mean that I do not see any problems with it. Many people argue that just sitting down and typing your assignments with no previous drafts wont work because people tend to think faster than they can write. This is true. But I feel that just as easily as you can forget to type a word, you can forget to write it. Landow said it being All the strengths of electronic text, including adaptability, infinite duplicability, and speed of transport make these changes ultimately a means of saving time, energy, and other resources, particularly paper (Landow, p.216)".

On the other hand, I am also able to see problems with sitting down and writing it out first. For example: Time. It would take me a lot more time to sit down and hand write out a paper than it would to type it. Another example: Pain. In my personal experience, after writing for so long my left hand feels terribly painful and and crampy. And lastly, the human eye cannot always catch a spelling or grammatical error as easily as the computer can. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying the computer is 100 percent right all of the time, but it is usually is right on target.

In his essay, entitled Into the Electronic Millennium,Sven Birkerts states that "Many educators say that our students are less and less able to read, or analyze, or write with clarity and purpose. Who can blame the students? Everything they connect with in the world around them gives the signal: That was then, and electronic communications are now (Birkerts, p. 63). Birkerts is right. Many teachers today, focus the attention of young students less on books and more towards the computer. There is not only evidence of teachers turning away from books but [new] parents as well. Now a days, when it is time for a child to learn to read, their parent will go out and buy them a "how to read" Cd ROM that can be placed into the computer. I know this to be true, because this is how my Father taught his children how to read.

Not only is our writing affected by cyberculture, but our reading as well. As a reader, I prefer to have a hard copy of the text that I am reading, I want something that I can carry around in my backpack, or something that I can sit in a chair and read. I am not particularly fond of having to read text(s) online. Problems that occur with online reading (in my personal experience): After about 30 minutes of looking at the computer monitor I get a headache, my neck hurts,fingers tingling everything that I see becomes one big blur, and it is hard to go back and re-read something once you have passed it.

Although, I do think these are common problems that many people share, most of the population prefers to read online. In our 1982 personal development class, 8 out of 12 students preferred to read online. Online reading has vastly becoming a thing of the future. I think that students who enjoy online reading would agree with the statement that "Nonetheless, reading electronic texts on screens is likely to be the predominant mode of reading in the near future.

Blibrestez55 (discusscontribs)References Blibrestez55 (discusscontribs) (Sosnoski, p.400){\u8221\'94}. I think that Sosnoski put it best when he said that "We live in a world where there is more and more information, and less and less meaning (Sosnoski, P.403). Birkerts, Sven. Into the Electronic Millennium. Writing Material. Ed Evelyn Tribble. New York. 62-74

Sosnoski, James. Hyper-readers and their Reading Engines.Writing Material. Ed. Evelyn Tribble. New York. 400-417

Landow, George. Twenty Minutes into the Future,or How are We Moving Beyond the Book? Writing Material. Ed. Evelyn Rubble, New York. 214-226

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