Literacy and Liberty

A Day in the Era of the iPhone
Posted by: , September 4, 2018, 1:24 pm
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My phone has been on my mind a lot lately, more so than is normal for a member of Gen-Z. What usually is just an inconsequential buzz in my pocket has become a little more obvious, a little more critical.

It’s hard to pick which pop-up messages are worth tapping on and which are not. Trump is pissed at Jeff Sessions, nothing new; coach sent an email, I’ll check it later; John McCain died, that’s worth a minute.

I think most participants in this era can agree that our cell phones have extraordinary power over us, they contain all that we know and want to know, the only thing they fail at is recognizing when we want to see their hoards of information. In an attempt to present us with what we find exciting or valuable we are under a constant barrage of information thrown at our mental walls in hopes that something will stick or make us tap the “view” button.

These pocket-sized screens may not seem like significant literary events in and of themselves, but with Americans receiving an average of almost 46 notifications per day they add up. (Tamara P., Patricia R. “How many times are people interrupted by push notifications?”)

Don’t get me wrong, I am a firm believer that our phones are potent tools for so many things but they’re power and command of our literary intake is greater than it is made out to be. One notification is barely a literary event but a day in the era of iPhone definitely is.

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I totally agree with you perspective that phone notifications are literary events. For our generation, we depend on our phones/social media pages to update, inform, and educate us on an infinite array of topics.

The issue that consistently presents itself is how to filter certain articles or blog posts. Our brains cannot handle taking in extreme amounts of information, yet we continue to scroll through Instagram and Twitter to read unrelated posts.

Your essay topic is extremely interesting!

   Jacob DeCarli 09.04.18 @ 5:08 pm

Logan, this post promises an intriguing first essay, as Jacob suggests. I wonder if you might harness the ambivalence of your post a bit, and use it to structure your essay–e.g., narrate an nonsense update (or one you just don’t want) and a vital one, or show how two updates about the same event prompt different reactions in you/your peers.

A genuine question: do you think your phone has “all we want to know?”

   Professor Seiler 09.05.18 @ 3:51 pm

I think your topic is very interesting and applicable to the world we live in today. I agree that our phones have so much power over us, now more than ever. We take in so much information from our phones that there is no discernibility between what is important and what is not. Again, very interesting and topical.

   Evan Rosenberg 09.06.18 @ 12:59 pm

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