Comments and discussion

In your analysis of “How Not to Be Alone” by Jonathan Safran Foer, you could also consider discussing or commenting on those claims made by the writer that are more interesting or controversial.

For example, while Foer states that it is “a question of balance that our lives hang upon” (l. 138) when it comes to the use of technology and rejects both being totally pro- or anti-technology, the essay does not include any clear advantages of technology. The writer simply considers them “diminished substitutes” (l. 105) of face-to-face communication and interaction.

However, communication technology does have its advantages. Consider, for example, that the written word lasts longer than the spoken one. Also, sometimes writing or delivering a phone message gives people the chance to carefully cho...

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