Tutor profile: Tara C.
How has writing impacted the way we read and analyze the world in which we live in?
The written word is imperative to how others analyze and critique the world in which they live in. We read on a daily basis whether it is the news, an article for a paper we are writing, posts on social media, books to relax and enjoy, or signs on the road. Without written words, we would live in a very different world. They surround us daily and we use writing to express not only our thoughts but to share what we are learning. Some people write to share about a scientific experiment they conducted and published in a journal. Other people write to share about their life in a memoir. And some people write in journals to capture their day to day thoughts and mediate. We read the written word to function on a daily basis and without it we would be unsure of many things and how the world would function.
Subject: Library and Information Science
Are librarians and libraries needed in today's society?
In short yes, librarians and libraries are needed today. Although technology makes it incredibly easy to find information you are looking for, librarians are needed to train and teach others how to find information. To take it a step further, librarians are needed to help analyze whether the sources people are finding are credible and can be used in a scholarly way or not. Libraries are needed because of the databases, services, and resources people use. If libraries were not around, how would people learn how to use the resources? While technology continues to evolve, librarians and libraries are still needed to day to equip people with the resources and teach the correct ways to find, analyze, and use the information they need.
In today's society, how has communication evolved to be primarily online? Provide examples of the ways in which the written word, time, and devices have impacted these changes.
Communication has evolved as society has evolved. In the early 90s computers were not a necessity. People who could afford computers had them. People primarily still wrote letters, hand wrote essays, and the time it took to write was longer and more detailed. However, as technology evolved, the ways in which people adapted to these changes increased drastically. For example, computers became more popular and the prices decreased allowing more people to get their hands on them. In the early-mid 2000s, laptops were popular and convenient and became a trend. Cell phones and now smart phones have drastically changed how people communicate. It may be through social media, texting, messages, short emails, etc. The convenience of having handheld devices has shortened the amount of time it takes to communicate with others. In the same way, the written word has become less descriptive and people use devices to primarily communicate quick messages. Through technological changes over time, communicating with others has become easier.
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