Séminaire d’histoir­e littéraire Maïté Corthay Le conte au XVIIIe siècle 5 mai 2010 l’entreti­en et la conversation le conte comme reflet de la sociabilité au xviiie siècle « L’entreti­en […] mêle les sujets, fait ricocher la discussion sur des thèmes divers, il mime la conversation dans son décousu et sa fantaisie. » Cette citation de Michel Delon s’appliqu­e dans une première mesure aux contes de Diderot, dont il tente de dégager les mécanismes d’écritur­e, ainsi que les enjeux. Mais elle…
Englisch EF November 21, 2016
Analysis: Conversation – a vanishing skill? (Martha Irvine)
The following text is going to deal with / analyze the different means the author Martha Irvine uses in order to convince the reader that face-to-face conversation is a vanishing skill. The text’s intention is to present specific disadvantages of the frequent use of digital media with regard to people’s communication skills.
First of all, it is important to examine the content of the article. Irvine introduces her text by referring to a particular case / example from real life to illustrate that teenagers nowadays rather text than speak face-to-face to others, even though their communication partners might be nearby (ll. 1-7).
Giving such an example arouses the reader’s interest in the topic and it makes the reader think about the importance of digital media in his or her everyday life as well. In the following, the author mentions statistics which proof that especially younger people prefer texting instead of talking and which also claim that there is a “communication divide” (l. 11), which separates people who prefer talking from those who rather communicate by texting (ll. 11-12).
Moreover, Irvine uses several quotations from university professors to support her thesis that especially younger people tend to avoid using face-to-face communication and that this fact has serious consequences (ll. 18-20, ll. 27-30). Thus, people who do not talk face-to-face lose their sense for important conversation cues like facial expressions or body .....[read full text]