discussion post

I’m studying for my Psychology class and don’t understand how to answer this. Can you help me study?

post a paragraph (about 200–300 words in length) responding to the following questions:

  • Do you behave and communicate differently online than you do face-to-face? How so? Give specific examples.
  • What does it mean to be “fully human”? Considering your definition, do you think we can be “fully human” while interacting with others in a virtual space like this classroom? Why or why not? 
  • Select one of the pieces. How does the author speak to the concept of being human?

selected piece

There will be no edges, but curves.
Clean lines pointing only forward.

History, with its hard spine & dog-eared
Corners, will be replaced with nuance,

Just like the dinosaurs gave way
To mounds and mounds of ice.

Women will still be women, but
The distinction will be empty. Sex,

Having outlived every threat, will gratify
Only the mind, which is where it will exist.

For kicks, we’ll dance for ourselves
Before mirrors studded with golden bulbs.

The oldest among us will recognize that glow—
But the word sun will have been re-assigned

To a Standard Uranium-Neutralizing device
Found in households and nursing homes.

And yes, we’ll live to be much older, thanks
To popular consensus. Weightless, unhinged,

Eons from even our own moon, we’ll drift
In the haze of space, which will be, once

And for all, scrutable and safe.

Copyright © 2011 by Tracy K. Smith. Reprinted from Life on Mars with the permission of Graywolf Press.