Research and Persuasive Paper
Communication between people is becoming depersonalized, “less individuated, less visible, or visible in different ways”, resulting in communicators becoming more distant from each other (Myer, 2010). Depersonalization is rising at an alarming rate, especially after the year 2000, when the drastic drop in pricing for computers made them accessible to the middle class population worldwide, resulting in computer-mediated communication (McKenna et al., 2000). When humans communicate through computers, the communication process becomes more depersonalized as information such as body language is being lost. This paper will examine the impacts of depersonalization in computer-mediated communication, entertainment, and the service sector.
Ever since I was in high school, I wondered what I will pursue in the future. My parents told me that education is the foundation for a stable and well-respected career and I must attend university. When they were my age, their parents told them that a post-secondary degree can get them a well-paid and respected position; however, upon researching into this area, it turns out that the result is not the same today. The number of people who attend a university, college, trade school or polytechnic is continuing to rise and this trend is labelled as the massification of higher education according to Hornsby, professor of international affairs and the vice-president of the Norman Patterson School of International affairs, and his team (Hornsby et al., 2014, p.712). As more people become overly qualified for their positions, the employer can employ the most qualified candidate. For example, if two candidates with similar levels of experience and other factors, but the only difference is that one has a college degree and the other has a bachelor’s degree, the employer will most likely employ the latter. This is known as degree inflation, where positions which previously did not require degrees now requires them due to the large number of over-qualified applicants, as described by Cooper (2019, para.2), a research analyst in education policy at the American Enterprise Institute. In order to ensure employment opportunities, both my parents and their coworkers believe that it is crucial to obtain a post-secondary degree, but my parents believe that a college degree is not enough and a university degree should be the minimum standard. In addition, Vomiero, a journalist from Global News who frequently writes about business, finance consumer trends, and the Canadian innovation economy, asserts that 50% of the jobs in Canada may be affected by automation (2018, para.1), which plays an important role in deciding whether one should pursue a college or a bachelor’s degree. After finishing high school, one should pursue a post-secondary education in order to overcome the negative effects of degree inflation, but it should be better to pursue a bachelor’s degree, because this will increase their employment opportunities by preventing them from being replaced by automation, and providing them with the additional opportunities such as the ability to innovate new solutions to occurring problems or pursue an advanced degree.