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Explain how to write a good introduction for a persuasive essay on the topic of whether new technology is harmful, beneficial, or both to human beings. Use Fahrenheit 451, The Matrix, and Utopia as sources.

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It seems that the goal of the essay is to persuade your reader whether or not new technology is beneficial or harmful to the human species. You could write a paper that says it is both beneficial and harmful; however, I strongly recommend that you not do that. You are being asked to make a persuasive argument, so coming right down in the middle of the two sides comes across as weak and indecisive. Even if you believe that technology is equally beneficial and harmful, I still strongly advise you to pick one side of the issue. Your teacher (hopefully) doesn't care which side of the argument you pick. Your teacher cares about whether or not you can make an...

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