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Introduction to Analysis


Analysis is the process that you constantly use in your everyday life. For example, when you are getting ready to take out a loan to buy a car, you analyze the loan documents to see how they affect your budget. When you study the nutritional information of a food product and compare it to similar products, you analyze that information to understand how it will impact your health. You even use analysis skills when watching your favorite television show and try to predict what will happen in the following scenes.

Analysis is also the process that is important in your academic and professional endeavors. You use analytical skills in all types of academic coursework—from business to education to health care to the social sciences. You will also use analysis in your future career—whether you are doing something like writing a business plan, giving feedback on a peer's work, or studying your competitors.

You will develop and use analytical skills in this course to help you become a strong and confident writer. You will focus on strengthening your analysis and writing skills using one of three selected readings that will be introduced later in the course.

Literal Reading

What is literal reading*? It is when you take what you are reading at face value. The literal reading is the surface-level reading of a text. It is the understanding of a piece of text without breaking down components to study further.

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Critical Analysis

“Should we fear technology” by Helen is an op-ed article that aims to answer the
question of whether we should fear advancing technology. The author argues that technology
brings with it many future possibilities that could accomplish the things that were thought
impossible. Technology is captivating and presents a lot of solutions. However, technology's
hypnotizing, and all-consuming effect causes unease in most individuals (Helen, 2016). The
article does not have any credible sources to support the claim or the argument. The content of
the article is solely based on the author’s opinions. The information provided might therefore be
inaccurate or biased since it features the author’s personal and unique perspective of the topic
and lacks the necessary sources or evidence to support the argument.
The information presented by the author is neither outdated nor skewed since she delves
into the endless possibilities that might arise with advanced technology, such as technological
cures for cancer. The author presents and explains her arguments well, making them seem
unbiased and relevant to the question or topic. There is a bias that needs to be addressed in the
article. The author leans towards the positive possibilities of technology but fails to consider the
other side of why people should fear technology. There are various reasons why people should
fear technology which are technological addictions such as phones or video games addiction.
Other fears are that people may have been losing control over various aspects and autonomy.
Another fear is a lack of human touch or broken relationships with families and friends due to
technological addictions.
The article has no specific phrases, charts, or graphics that trigger a gut reaction. The
author uses non-triggering language with common phrases to deliver her message. The article
only highlights the question, "should we fear technology", which is triggering positively and sets



one in a moment of critical thinking when trying to answer that particular question. Therefore,
when reading or looking at the article, one’s emotions are not evoked, enabling someone to
critically analyze and identify what the author is saying hence getting and understanding the
message being conveyed. One can not take the article at face value, making it easier for a person
to calmly digest each point and...

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