The Good and Bad Effects of the Internet

             The internet has changed our world today in many different ways. Some argue it's for the better and some for the worse. Has it made it easier to communicate or has it isolated individuals and disorganized their thoughts. In the essay "The Problems with Hypertext” the author, David Shenk, feels that the internet has indeed disorganized peoples thought process and isolated them. On the other hand Wendy Lesser tells how she has grown to love the internet and how it has allowed her to communicate with people in her essay "The Conversion.”.

             Author David Shenk is a firm believer that the internet is not such a good thing. In his essay he supports his stance by stating that there are too many ways to get side tracked when on the internet. "Reading gives way to surfing, a meandering peripatetic journey through a maze of threads.”(Shenk. Riverside Reader) This is how he feels the internet disorganizes peoples thoughts, one minute they are reading something and the next they are looking ant some pop up add or searching for something else. He also points out that on the internet there is never really an end to things "Our stories work best when they have an ending,” "With hypertext, endings are irrelevant-because no one ever gets to one.” (Shenk. Riverside Reader) He also supports his stance by stating that sitting down and reading something can be relaxing ", Faster is not always better, (Shenk. Riverside Reader)” and "Traditional narrative offers the reader a journey with a built-in purpose.” (Shenk. Riverside Reader) Shenk takes a more traditional older style of thinking when he points out some of the bad things about the internet. He would rather sit down and relax and slowly read something and not have all the distractions of the internet. In the modern world this is a fleeting view as "every second counts” and faster is better.

             A complete opposite perspective then Shenk's is Wendy Lessers.

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