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holyfreak123 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 9, 2011 at 1:13 AM via web

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Debate: Opposing if internet is a good society as the third speaker

i have some points such as "educational tool", "preserve histiry", "freedom of speech" and "aid from the world" which i could not explain and find evidence to it. 

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 9, 2011 at 1:54 AM (Answer #2)

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I'm not really sure how to read your question, though I'm guessing you want to know how the internet benefits society based on some of the points you mention. The internet is, indeed, an effective educational tool, although it has also increased the amount of cheating due to plagiarism. I'm sure that is something which can be documented. The internet can help preserve history, it's true, and it has been a great way for more people to access that history through documents and records which have been placed online. Freedom of speech is a good argument and fairly self-explanatory. I'm not sure what "aid to the world" means, but the internet has allowed people who don't necessarily have much in terms of material things to be part of the more developed world. Through the internet, small businesses and enterprises are able to compete and sell their products. (I just saw a commercial on television in which people who crochet caps and hats in Uganda are able to sell them online to support themselves and, I think, an orphanage.)

On the other side, the internet also has the ability to widen the gap between people who have access and people who do not. As the world becomes more dependent on the internet for business and communication, those who are not connected to that world are going to be left behind. Hope that helps!

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 9, 2011 at 2:09 AM (Answer #3)

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The instant information aspect of the Internet is the most informative and educational function provided today. Many people who did not grow up without the Internet don't realize the luxury that it provides in this respect. People would have to use libraries or other outside informational sources before the advent of the Internet; now, all one has to do is Google a topic from the home or office (or car)and, voila!--endless sources are immediately at your fingertips.

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holyfreak123 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 9, 2011 at 2:10 AM (Answer #4)

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Sry is preserve history

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 9, 2011 at 4:02 AM (Answer #5)

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You say something about "opposing."  Are you supposed to be opposing the idea that the internet is beneficial?

If so, you could argue that the internet is used as a means of social control in places like China.  In such places, the internet is not a means of free speech.  Instead, it is so closely controlled that it serves to give the government another (very invasive) way of controlling what ideas people are allowed to express and to hear.  In this way, the internet is not really a force for free speech or for the improvement of the world.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 9, 2011 at 6:08 AM (Answer #6)

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You need to provide some more information about what the third speaker does in your debates.  In some styles, the third speaker is the rebuttal speaker and does not bring up any new points.  Either way, the third speaker should complement what the first and second speaker say.  Be sure you coordinate with them.  Add detail, don't just repeat their arguments, and add some new ones.

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holyfreak123 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 9, 2011 at 4:02 PM (Answer #7)

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What are the negative things about preserving history on the internet. Can't seem to find any information about it.

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 9, 2011 at 10:09 PM (Answer #8)

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One possible negative in viewing the internet as a way to preserve history could be the open and unedited access to much of the internet. This creates serious questions about the reliability and completeness of the history being recorded. Censorship is possible and practiced in some parts of the world, which will certainly affect the "history" being preserved in those areas. In other areas, some parts of historic events may not be recorded accurately if the only records are those posted by individuals who are "in the action" but may not be able to evaluate the overall impacts.

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holyfreak123 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 9, 2011 at 11:22 PM (Answer #9)

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about the internet, what are some negatives things about it? Happen to know that the person will like start living in the virtual world, can't phrase it. Apologies.

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