In her essay “The Flight FromConversation,” Sherry Turkle focuses not on how people in our society like touse Technologies to connect from each other instead of communicating throughconversation but on how people confused conversation and walked into anillusion world that they felt more comfortable to stay in.
She states thatpeople in our society are “alone together”, they focus on own world, and loyalto their own party. In contrast, Sherry Turkle argues that no matter howconvenience people chat on digital devices, they cannot substitute for face toface conversation. Turkle’s argument is convincing because of the real lifeexamples, word choices, tone and moral approach she used in her writing. By viewingthe important status of face to face conversation in our society, Turkle’sargument on why we should do face to face conversation instead of texting orreading email is persuasive and successful at bringing awareness to itsreaders. Turkle’s use of people’s perspective ondigital device in the beginning of the article attracts readers in an intimateway. In her first paragraph, Turkle get readers’ attention by stating that “Athome, families sit together, texting and reading e-mail. We text during classesand when we’re on dates.
” As the reader read it, I could tell that this is whatthe readers do on their daily life, Turkle just catch the reader’s point andknow what they think in the first few sentences. Similarly, in the thirdparagraph, she also gives the fact that people like to stay in a place wherethey like to be and the place where they think is interesting. Turkle reallyunderstand people who like to use digital device to connect, so he starts herwriting by saying what people tend to think about communicating withtechnologies today. In this way, it is really an effective way to connectpeople in Turkle’s point of view in the first place. One of the ways that “The Flight From Conversation”is persuasive to the reader is by bringing in the personal experience and reallife examples. Turkle gives example like “A businessman no longer has colleagueat work”, “doesn’t want to interrupt”, “showing up on the job wearingearphones” and “the office is quiet”. A businessman do not have any workmatesbecause they don’t really want to interrupt each other while using email.Nowadays, young people like to wear earphone to a formal occasion such as workplace.
What’s more, an office which gather a lot of people in it becomes aquiet place that no one want to break the quiet environment. All of theseexamples Turkle gives help us understand what people do in our society today. Isuddenly realize how focus we are when we are on our laptops and phones. Theauthor first states the real life examples of using digital device to connect,and then she argues about the negative impacts on people by using mobiledevices. Turkle argues that no matter how Email,Facebook have valuable places in politics, commerce and friendship, and thesethings cannot replace real life conversation. The author uses comparison toprove her points, she first says that posting and texting can always be editedor deleted if we want, for example she writes “Retouch: The voice, the flesh,the face, the body. Not too much, not too little—just right.” By using phones, we can do anything on ourpictures or post something that is not true.
This sentence give the readers animpression of what they usually do when they texting and posting informationonline. Then Turkle starts to lead the readers into the real world ofconversation by telling the readers that the conclusion she made through her 15years’ studied. Turkle says that “But it’s a process in which we shortchangeourselves. Worse, it seems that over time we stop caring, we forgot that thereis a difference.” The author tries to say that all of these editing action wedo is a way that the reader lie to themselves.
The real conversation cannot becleaned up with technology. The author’s argument is widely relevant because Turklegives the facts that how people use technology and then tell that onlineconversation is just a delusion. This comparison really helps Turkle to explainhow conversation is being sacrificed for communication. Turkle doesn’t appear to be bias to particularside in the article. The readers can definitely tell that Turkle tries to makemore people to start face to face conversation, but she doesn’t force anyone tostop using digital devices.