The Next Economist Debate: The Promise of Technology

Info on another Economist debate:

Thanks for your previous support of The Economist Debate Series – so far thousands of readers have joined in our lively debates around global topics in technology.

Today, The Economist Debate Series presents another debate proposition that is highly relevant to educators and students. The debate proposition states: “This house believes that if the promise of technology is to simplify our lives, it is failing.”

What do you think? Does technology make life simpler, or does the connected nature of our modern lives keep us in a constant state of information overload? Are students suffering because of the presence of technology? We probably all remember simpler times before our lives were saturated with text messages, emails and Google alerts, but were those better times?

We invite you and Digital Writing Digital Teaching readers to weigh in with your personal experiences and points of view on the topic.

Click here to read the opening statements for the PRO and CON side of the debate, as well as an opening statement from our Moderator, Daniel Franklin of The Economist. An expert group of debaters and guests will square off on the issue over the course of the next two weeks.

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Author: Troy Hicks

Dr. Troy Hicks is a professor of English and education at Central Michigan University. He directs both the Chippewa River Writing Project and the Master of Arts in Educational Technology degree program. A former middle school teacher, Dr. Hicks has authored numerous books, articles, chapters, blog posts, and other resources broadly related to the teaching of literacy in our digital age. Follow him on Twitter: @hickstro

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