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has changed immensely since 1973, and the trends are proving to be consistently downward for the nation's high school graduates a nd high school drop-outs. "Of all the reasons given for the wage squeeze - internationa l competition, technology, deregulation, the decline of unions and defense cuts technology is probably the most critical. It has favored the educated and the skilled," sa ys M. B. Zuckerman, editor-in-chief of U.S. News & World Report (7/31/95). Since 197 3, wages adjusted for inflation have declined by about a quarter for high school dropouts , by a sixth for high school graduates, and by about 7% for those with some college education . Only the wages of college graduates are up. Of the fastest growing technical jobs, software engineering tops the list. Carne gie Mellon University reports, "recruitment of it's software engineering students is up thi s year by over 20%." All engineering jobs are paying well, proving that highly skilled labor i s what employers want! "There is clear evidence that the supply of workers in the [uns killed labor] categories already exceeds the demand for their services," says L. Mishel, Resea rch Director of Welfare Reform Network. In view of these facts, I wonder if these trends are good or bad for society. " The danger of the information age is that while in the short run it may be cheaper to replace workers with technology, in the long run it is potentially self-destructive because there wil l not be enough purchasing power to grow the economy," M. B. Zuckerman. My feeling is that the trend from unskilled labor to highly technical, skilled labor is a good one! But, pol itical action must be taken to ensure that this societal evolution is beneficial to all of us. "Back in 1970, a high school diploma could still be a ticket to the middle income bracket, a ni ce car in the driveway and a house in the suburbs. Today all it gets is a clunker parked on t he street, and a dingy apartment in a low rent building," says Time Magazine (Jan 30, 1995 issu e).

then it should be as easy for the children of the 90's to get a college diploma. This brings me to the issue of our country's political process. who have an interest in controlling public opinion. all of these. Poisoned Political Process in The U. in a technologically advanced world. At this time. could be educated to a level that would allow them a comfortable place in the middle class. and now the Internet. that requires highly skilled labor. Because i t captures the minds of most Americans. Voting &amp. to benefit a few. If a middle class income of 1970 required a high s chool diploma. it is largely unregulated. but are now somewhat obsolete in the science of changing public opinion. is that the U. our government provided our children with a free education. and allowed our co untry to prosper from 1950 through 1970. In our country's short history. Government's education policy must keep pace with the demands of t he highly technical job market. Newspapers and radio experienced this same history. a nd upper 2% elite. for the same purposes. and can be accessed and changed by any person with a computer and a modem. the radio. and the middle class income of 1990 requires a college diploma. Even restrictions upon child labor hours kept children in school. in the Internet's young history. al lowing the vast majority of our population to earn a high school diploma. From the 1950's until today. The advance of mass communication is natural in a technologically advanced socie ty. is the poisoning and corruption of these medias. as it was for the children of the 70's to get a high school diploma. This means t hat anyone. This government policy was conducive to our economic markets. the television. no license required. Equally natural. our own prosperity has moved us into a highly technical world. B .S. since they are not allowed to work full time while under the age of 18. and no need for millions of dollars of equipment. television has been the preferred media. multinational corporate advertising. Though I do no t suspect television to become completely obsolete within the next 20 years. in 1970. and the upper 2% of the elite. regardless of family income. it is the preferred method of persuasion by politic al figures.S. The natural answer to this problem. multinational corporations.However. Now. we have seen the development of the printing press. I do see the Internet being used by the same political figures. able to reach millions of pe ople.

Bibliography Where have the good jobs gone?. it must be in conjunction with advance in education so that society is able to master and understand technology. It is easy to see why government has such an interest in regulating the In ternet these days. we find that newspaper. This is why it is imperative to educate people about the Internet. I have seen the moves to regulate this type of communication. not constructive! I have been a daily user of the Internet for 5 years (and a daily user of BBS communications for 9 y ears). and be able to defend themselves against them. as experienced by every other popular mass m edia in our history. In conclusion. I found this course to be most valuabl e to my basic education.ut. We can be the masters of technology. in reviewing our history. however. it is just the first step in total regulation. and make it be known that any regulation of it is destructive to us. which makes me a senior among us. Television doesn't h ave to be a weapon against us. My feelings about technology. But. Though public opinion supports regulating sexual material on the Internet . I n light of the history of mass communication. Zuckerman . I feel that the advance of technology is a good trend for our soc iety. and political process are simple. our country's publ ic opinion doesn't have to fall into a nose-dive of lies and corruption. not ours. instead we can laugh at it as a cheap att empt to persuade us. and not let it be the masters of us. radio and television were once un regulated too. It isn't hard to teach a young person to understand the patterns of persuasion. With the power of a critical thinking education. I was angry that I hadn't had access to the power of critical though t over my twelve years of basic education. Simple forms of critical thinking can be taugh t as early as kindergarten. As many good things as I have learned in college. there is nothing we can do to protect any media f rom the "sound byte" or any other form of commercial poisoning. the Internet. we c an stop being motivated by the sound byte and. because of it! The first experience I had in a course on Critical Thinking came when I entered college. By: Mortimer B. and have always openly opposed it. used to sway our opinions to conform to people who care about their own prosperity.

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