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GRE Article of the Month – July 2013: How the Internet is Using Us All

By Michael Saler for The Times Literary Supplement

Many of the articles of the month I’ve posted—while hopefully engaging—haven’t caused you to take a stance. That’s understandable, given that the topic matter tends to be esoteric enough that you probably haven’t had time to form an opinion. Other articles I’ve chosen simply aren’t controversial, so there really isn’t much of a position to take.

This month’s article is a review of two books that can be construed as a broadside against the Internet—specifically those living in Silicon Valley who believe that advances in Internet technology lead us ineluctably to a panacea for many of humanity’s ills (or the dark side to this: Are the Googles of the world unwittingly creating a disparity between rich and middle-class?) In other words, is the Internet unequivocally making our lives better? Or is it the devil incarnate? I feel the issues raised in the article very complex—and thus the truth lies somewhere in between. Read the article to decide.

GRE words to look out for in this article:

  • Banal
  • Platitudes
  • Pretentions
  • Sardonic
  • Lambast
  • Penchant
  • Autonomous
  • Extol
  • Propensity
  • Egalitarian
  • Ubiquitous
  • Predilections
  • Preclude
  • Shibboleths
  • Corroborates
  • Fomenting


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