For my first post I would like to talk about one of the thesis about rhetoric and attention we talked about in class. First of all, “Your life is the sum of what you focus on. If you pay attention to other things your reality and your life would be different.” Basically what this quote it’s saying is that we are whatever we focus on or we pay attention to. I agree with this thesis 100%. The things that we care about, and that we focused on are the things that define who we are. This can be a good thing. However, it can turn out not so good because if we only focus on the things we care about we only see one side of things, so just as the quote say we need to pay attention to other things and see the other side of the spectrum, so our lives would be different.
The Internet and social media have made it easy for us to manipulate this and only pay attention to or feed from the things that we care about, relate to, or are affiliated to. For example, in today’s society we have access to personalized news based on our interests. When we go online, is like each of us is our own editor, for we are able to select the kind of news and opinions that we care most about. Nicholas Negroponte it’s the founder of the Daily me A website that delivers news based on the person’s interests. Today, with the help of the Internet and social media many of us create a daily me. Even though this sounds like a good idea, there is a downfall to this. Because people are only exposed to content they agree with, they will never see the other side of the spectrum, and they would never be intellectually challenged. The thing here it's not trying to make other change their views, but for to others to see a certain topic from a different angle than their own.