150. "Because of television and worldwide computer connections, people can now become familiar with a great many places that they have never visited. As a result, tourism will soon become obsolete."
I agree that these technologies might eventually serve to reduce travel for certain purposes other than tourism. However, I strongly disagree that tourism will become obsolete, or that it will even decline, as a result.
1. As for the claim that television will render tourism obsolete, we already have sufficient empirical evidence that this will simply not happen.
2. It is somewhat more tempting to accept the speaker’s further claim that computer connectivity will render tourism obsolete.
3. Moreover, in my view tourism will continue to thrive for the same reason that people still go out for dinner or to the movies: we all need to “get away” from our familiar routines and surroundings from time to time.
4. In fact, computer connectivity might actually provide a boon for tourism.
5. Admittedly, travel for purposes other than tourism might eventually decline, as the business world becomes increasingly dependent on Internet.
151. "High-speed electronic communications media, such as electronic mail and television, tend to prevent meaningful and thoughtful communication."
Agree with concession
Although ample empirical evidence suggests so with respect to television, the answer is far less clear when it comes to communication via computers.
1. Few would argue that since its inception broadcast television has greatly enhanced communication to the masses.
2. Media such as email and the Web are interactive by design, yet email is often used to avoid face-to-face encounters, and in practice is used as a means of distributing quick memos.
3. With respect to Web-based communication, the myriad of educational sites, interactive and otherwise, is strong evidence that the Web tends to enhance, rather than prevent, meaningful communication.
155. "Contemporary society offers so many ways of learning that reading books is no longer very important."
1. Books provide us knowledge, especially theoretical one.
2. Admittedly, we can learn a lot from others via the advanced means of communication, but this method has its limitations.
3. Some might argue that they can acquire the correspondent knowledge through Internet. The complete knowledge of one area is indeed available on the Internet; however, such publication of knowledge is called “e-book”—another form of book.
159. "The human mind will always be superior to machines because machines are only tools of human minds."
1. The statement is clearly accurate insofar as machines are tools of human minds.
2. As for the statement’s second claim, in certain respects machines are superior.
3. Up till now, the notion of human-made machine that develop the ability to think on their own, and to develop so-called “emotional intelligence”, has been pure fiction.
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