Choose one of the sets of essays listed below. Summarize both of the arguments (they say), explain how the authors agree and disagree, and craft your own response (argument) to the issues the two essays raise (I say). Make sure you include a naysayer to show possible objections to your argument and address the so what? factor: why does this issue matter?

Assignment 3: Entering a Conversation

Choose one of the sets of essays listed below. Summarize both of the arguments (they say), explain how the authors agree and disagree, and craft your own response (argument) to the issues the two essays raise (I say). Make sure you include a naysayer to show possible objections to your argument and address the so what? factor: why does this issue matter?

Nicholas Carr, Is Google Making Us Stupid? (p. 424) Clive Thompson, Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better (p. 441)
Sean Blanda, The Other Side Is Not Dumb (p. 212); Robert Leonard, Why Rural America Voted for Trump (p. 279)
Anne-Marie Slaughter, Why Women Still Cant Have It All (p. 534); Richard Dorment, Why Men Still Cant Have It All (p. 555)
Michaela Cullington, Does Texting Affect Writing? (p. 462) Jenna Wortham, How I Learned to Love Snapchat (p. 474)
Carole Cadwalladr, Google, Democracy, and the Truth about Internet Search (p. 480) Sherry Turkle, No Need to Call (p. 505)