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Internet Defranchising (Aristotelian)

Internet Defranchising (Aristotelian)

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An aristotelian argument on the defranchising of the Internet.
An aristotelian argument on the defranchising of the Internet.

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Valentino StollProfessor NeilsonEnglish 102.041Classical Argument EssayFebruary 10, 2004Since the introduction of the Internet, the simultaneous easy access to the world and every dayoccurrences, and the removal from these very same happenings, has disenfranchised society of todayAh the Internet, one of the most prestigious inventions of our time; an entrance ramp tothe new information superhighway. A work of art meticulously sculpted to the needs of society;the ultimate expansion of the mind. With the Internet, the possibilities are endless. A person cando anything from checking the latest news and stock quotes, to buying a car or even get married!The Internet creates a whole new world, expanding the capabilities of its’ users. Yet with all itsmagnificence it devours the minds of its captives and exiles those who abandon it.The Internet originally began with only two people as a means of sending files back andforth from one machine to another. Soon after the USSR launched Sputnik, the first satellite,ideas began to spark rapidly (Zakon). At MIT, ideas of social communication through largenetworks began to develop. Soon after, the idea of “time-sharing” was developed; where twocomputers could be directly connected via a phone line. The idea of linking computers together to create “networks” quickly spread to universities throughout the nation (Zakon). By the mid1970s, nearly every major university from Hawaii to London was hooked on one of the firstnetworks. Email sparked great interest in nearly seventy-five percent of all users. Ten yearslater, Symbolics.com became the first “website” followed by nearly every university in theStoll
 
nation. Finally, in 1991 the World Wide Web (WWW) was created to allow a more organizednational “web” of users (Zakon). For years the population of the Internet has grownexponentially. Eventually major corporations, banks, and schools took full advantage of thisInternet expanding the abilities of its’ users. As the home to over 170 million hosts, the Internetserves thousands of countries with over twenty-billion users (Zakon).Since the introduction of the Internet, the simultaneous easy access to the world andevery day occurrences, and the removal from these very same happenings, has served to integrateand disenfranchise society of today. Anyone who uses the Internet as their source for news,whether it is of local or world in scope, has a choice as to what they view. The media of fifteenyears ago was presented in half-hour or hour segments on ABC, NBC, or CBS. Then, whatever the station chose to cover is what the viewer was subjected to; today, this is simply not the case.A person who receives their news through the Internet does not have to click and view everyheadline offered by a News media’s website. By this convenience, or ability, a person choosesthe news only that they are interested in and becomes removed from the occurrences outsidetheir interest. By this argument, a person has become disenfranchised from society if they usethe Internet. Those who do not use the Internet for their media source are subjected to a broader news in spectrum when watch TV for this purpose.Another great aspect of the Internet is e-mail. Instead of a costly long-distance phonecall, why not write and send a relatively free e-mail? It can be competently argued thatinflection, tone, mannerisms, and a friendly voice are a fundamental part of a working society.Remove these by e-mail, and a person is distancing themselves from the identity of speech. For the people who do not have Internet access that need to contact someone, and make a phone callto do so, can be said are more greatly incorporated in today’s society.Stoll
 
Buying online is a booming trend. Who has Internet access and has not heard of Amazon.com? It’s as easy as one, two, three. First a buyer wants an item, then he or shesearches for it online, and third they enter credit card and shipping information and they have bought it. Soon the days of driving outside in inclement weather to walk around a store allafternoon looking for an item that is not even there will be long gone. Given another ten or fifteen years and the majority of people may be doing their grocery shopping online. Is theinteraction of people, by sight, sound, transaction from one to another part of society? Thatsounds like a fairly summary definition of society. And so for the people who still tediously takeall their time to drive to their local Wal-Mart and peruse the clothes stands and house-ware isles,good for them for keeping abreast of society.And yet, can it not be most poignantly argued that the Internet is today’s society? That towrite emails, check news online, buy everyone’s Christmas present online is today’s society?That our time and efforts should be best spent at work and with friends and family and not theroutine, meticulous tasks of every-day living? Those who use the Internet have substituted muchof their interaction with other people for the speed and comfort of the Internet. The stigmata of geeks who sit all day behind their computer browsing the Internet and playing online games isfading with every new mom and dad, child and grandparent that sign online. Using the Internetis socializing. Take chat rooms for example. In chat rooms people of all races, age, sex, income,and every other divider of class can come together and share ideas, views, and a friendly “hello.”Is this not the very epitome of socializing? Yes, the Internet separates people from society onone hand, but the other hand is bringing people together. There are websites for people of similar interests, where they can come together and be heard and accepted. However, if you removethese possibilities from a person it will only further them from this new form of society.Stoll

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