I need help creating a thesis and an outline on Distracted -The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age by Maggie Jackson. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. Yet, regardless of the danger technology poses to the minds of the average technologically well-equipped individual, it is pertinent to say that Jackson seems to have overlooked certain aspects of technology that do humans credit and assist us to sustain life by providing psychological alternatives that in undeveloped regions of the world. Hence, even though the points Jackson presents seem valid, they seem acutely ominous at certain points and fail to present a holistic view of the impact of technology on attention as well as its pros and cons.
Jackson’s views are solely based on the fact that the attention which humans had used to their benefit is waning when in fact it is that very attention which is preparing humans to accept changes of the increasingly flourishing urban societies. The industrial revolution and a subsequent whirlwind of mechanization brought about changes that add to Jackson’s point of view of the world being shifted towards the Dark Ages, when people were so involved in other details of their lives that they failed to focus and make smarter decisions.
However, she fails to realize that mechanization was the need of the hour and has been since then. For instance, the usage of PowerPoint was originally limited to businesses and organizations for the purpose of presenting one corporation’s information to another in a simpler, much more concise manner. Its incorporation into the school syllabi does have its disadvantages, yet it allows students who are reading those presentations, watching images and videos to connect to the world of information that may otherwise have been out of their reach. Moreover, it helps students who are eager to learn to focus on what is important, rather than strive to retain all the information regarding particular topics. Jackson in this instance did not seek to note whether the students who did not know the spellings of a particular word were particularly interested in that class, or were one of the students better at spellings. Moreover, to state that PowerPoint teaches people to think may be qualified as a broad statement with certain dimensions to be explored.