Synthesis/Argument Essay: Rage Against the Machine Assignment Read the sources posted below carefully. Then, in a 750-1250 word essay that synthesizes at least three sources for support, including TWO that you find, take a position that defends, challen



The prompt is based on the accompanying sources, two of which will be valid sources you discover. You are to enter into this ongoing academic conversation and then form your own understanding of it.

YOUR argument should be central; the sources you integrate should support your argument. Refer directly and indirectly to the sources to support your position; avoid mere paraphrase or summary.

Remember to attribute both direct and indirect citations using MLA rules for in-text citation. You will also need to provide a Works Cited page, of course.

Context: Entering the Conversation

Modern technological innovations–including the internet, cell phones, tablets, social media, artificial intelligence, automated cars, or other forms of technological integration–have become a major factor in today’s society, changing the ways we think, act, live, read, and communicate.

Consider this broad question: Have technological innovations made a positive or negative impact on you, and how would YOU argue that technology has helped or hindered society?


The first five sources come from They Say, I Say

Carr’s “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”
Thompson’s “Smarter Than You Think”
Turkle’s “No Need to Call”
Wortham’s “How I Learned to Love Snapchat”
Goldsmith’s “Go Ahead: Waste Time on the Internet”
Twenge’s “Have Smartphones Ruined a Generation”
Your Source: (Include PDF or Link to Source)
Your Source: (Include PDF or Link to Source)


You will be evaluated on the following criteria:

–How effectively you develop a position on technology’s specific impact–negative or positive–on you and/or society at large
–How effectively you support your position by integrating at least three, credible sources, two of which need to be sources you have found
–How effectively you use those sources to develop your position
–How well your prose demonstrates an ability to control a wide range of the elements of effective writing, including paragraph unity and coherence, transitions, the use of clear topic sentences, and overall attention to grammar, format and mechanics.

Please see the rubric in Dropbox for the specific, holistic criteria for evaluation.