Name: Nguyen Vinh Linh
Student ID: 9917506
Critical response – Hang up and shut up
In the article “Hang up and shut up”, Ripley Ingram (the author) shows the number of negative effects of mobile phones. Firstly, she claims that talking on mobile phones in public areas can disturb other people. Secondly, she states that because of mobile phone, people feel annoying when overhearing half of a conversation. The author goes on to claim that answering a mobile phone while having a conversation is impolite and disrespectful. In addition, she indicates that the mobile phones interrupt home life by making the border between work life and home life unclear. Finally, she believes that youth now cannot focus on things for a long time because of mobile phones.
Overall, this article very strongly shows negative effects of mobile phones. However, there are some weaknesses in its. He has overlooked at answering mobile phone while having a conversation is impolite and it interrupts the conversation. In addition, the author is guilty of oversimplification when Ingram considers the relationship between mobile phones and the concentration of young people.
First of all, the author is guilty of overgeneralisation when he considers an example about Horlick and his student. The example is that when they have conversation, a student has a call, and she answers a mobile phone. This thing makes her teacher feel impolite. The point is that the Ingram’s example is particular. It’s not true that most people are willing to interrupt their conversation by a call. Impolite or not, it depends on the kind of conversation, the degree of importance of a conversation.
Secondly, the author is guilty of oversimplification concerning the relationship between mobile phones and the concentration of young generation. This is because the concentration is affected by many things such as games, Internet, social networks and friends. Or, it can be...