Essay On Internet Is A Curse Or Blessing

Scott Eells

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I used to think I was the only one squirming in the pews of my conservative evangelical church on Sunday mornings, wrestling with questions I dared not ask out loud: Why are women forbidden from assuming leadership? Do I really have to be a Republican to be a Christian? What if I’m tired of the culture wars? What if I want to worship alongside gays and lesbians? Must I interpret every Bible story literally? Am I the only one who doubts now and then? 

It was the loneliest hour in my week…until I started blogging. 

Now, when I ask these questions out loud, thousands of people respond with two simple, but powerful, words: “me too.”  

It took about four years to grow a significant online community, but this month, more than 300,000 unique visitors have stopped by the blog to read, share their stories, debate, question, and interact. When I posted a response to North Carolina’s passage of Amendment One that expressed my frustration with the culture wars and my concerns that young people are leaving the church over its treatment of LGBT people, readers shared the post more than 55,000 times on Facebook. 

As it turns out, I’m not so alone after all. 

Of course, not everyone is happy with the blog’s success. Evangelical leaders have issued impassioned warnings against the growing number of progressive evangelical voices online, particularly against young evangelicals like me who are challenging the status quo regarding gender roles, women’s ordination, political engagement, biblical interpretation, LGBT equality, interfaith dialog, and the place of doubts, questions, and uncertainty in the life of faith. 

The tension reflects what has become the Internet’s blessing and challenge to religion: decentralized authority that gives voice to dissident and minority voices that might not otherwise be heard. As a woman, I may be forbidden from preaching at a Southern Baptist church on a Sunday morning, but when I blog, people listen.

In this sense, the Internet is a blessing because it connects people of faith who might otherwise feel alone in their questions and doubts with like-minded individuals interested in reform. It empowers the powerless, provides a platform for good ideas, helps hold leaders accountable, and exposes us to fresh, new perspectives from all around the world. 

But it’s also a challenge because, as I’ve learned the hard way, it’s much easier to call for change than it is to make change happen. My generation in particular likes for things to happen immediately, in 140 characters or less, which is not really how lasting, significant reform happens. Furthermore, our penchant for sharing our every thought and feeling with the world often leads to shallow, ugly, discourse. (Visited Facebook recently?) The same impatience that inspires us to challenge the status quo can prevent us from engaging in the prayerful, contemplative, and disciplined work it takes to live inspired lives of faith, the kind of lives that really make a difference.

Still, as a young evangelical woman living in the Bible Belt, it’s hard to imagine life without my “readers.” Even after four years of daring to ask my questions out loud, I find myself smiling in relief and surprise each time I go to the comment section and read those two simple words: “me too.” 

Rachel Held Evans, author of “Evolving in Monkey Town,”blogs at RachelHeldEvans.com. Her new book, “The Year of Biblical Womanhood,” publishes this fall.

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But every coin has two sides. With having the enormous merits, it has got obnoxious image too. With the invention of the internet, user and specially students have been found indulging themselves in wasting their precious time by watching films, playing games, chatting and so on. In the same way, populace have become lazy and they are very rarely observed to take their time and go out to purchase any thing. In precedent year, people use to read more but today, they invest their precious time in watching movies. It deteriorates the career of the student too. Ostensibly, it help student, but in actual it makes them to copy the material from internet and paste in their assignment; by which they remain ignorant regarding their assigned topic.

It is the knife which cuts fruits and neck. In the same way, user of the internet know the remuneration as well as demerit of the internet, knowingly they coddle themselves as they wish to.

I'm very sorry about my english. i'm not an english speaker. But I can help you some grammar mistakes.
before i correct some grammar mistakes I think you should make these points clearer.

Did you choose Internet as a curse? Or did you say both positive and negative effects? I think I see them both. But the way you order your details is not clear.

If you think of both negative and positive, you should write them in 2 paragraph. You should not write both in the same paragraph like your first one. And if you want to point out the positive, use positive words, do not use negative words.

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You should make it clear here if you want to say internet invention in the past or in the present. You should not write 2 tenses in 1 sentence.

But every coin has two sides. With the enormous merits, the internethas obnoxious image too. With the invention of the internet, users and specially students have been found indulgent themselves in wasting their precious time by watching films, playing games, chatting and so on. In the same way, populace have become lazy and they are very rarely observed to take their time and go out to purchase any thing. In precedent year, people be used to + inf use to read more but today, they invest their precious time in watching movies. this is the same idea. You mention watching tv 2 times. You should write like this: before we read more, doing excercises more, helping our neighbors more. Today, we watch tv, chatting, and ignore other people. Say it once and only. Do not repeat. It deteriorates the career of the student too. Ostensibly, it helps student, you don't need to say that it helps students in this sentence. We know that you're pointing out the negatice effects. Positive effects do make your sentence clearer. but in actual it makes them to copy the materials from internet and paste ininto their assignments ; by which they remain ignorant regarding their assigned topic.

It is the knife which cuts fruits and neck. In the same way, user of the internet know the remuneration as well as demerit of the internet, knowingly they coddle themselves as they wish to.

Your vocabulary is larger than mine. There are some words that i have to use the dictionary to understand. It's great. But be careful when choosing your words. And pay attention to small grammars.

In this current era the internet is deeply ingrained in most everyone's life. This modern invention has made life easier. It is the internet, which provides the means for a student to join a digital library. this sounds better in the next sentence . In years gone by , people communicated via letters,nowadays they can partake in video conferences while sitting in their homes, offices etc, via the Internet. Without the internet, e-commerce would not be possible . In the same manner, it provides an alternative to traditional leisurely endeavours.

However , every coin has two sides and so, while being extremely beneficial, the internet has produced harmful effects . These effects are most noticeable in the younger generation as students have been found to waste more and more of their time watching films, playing online games, instant-messaging each other and thereby neglecting their academic responsibilities . Ostensibly, it helps the student, but does them being able to copy material from the internet and paste it in their assignments- by which they remain ignorant of their assigned topic, really benefit them?.The populace on a whole has also become lazy and important communication and life skills have been lost or eroded . In previous years people read more, but now their time is spent on lesser things. I think this sentence could either go before the sentence about the populace or after the first sentence about the students. You choose.

It is the knife which cuts the fruit and neck. In the same way, user of the internet know the remuneration as well as demerit of the internet, knowingly they coddle themselves as they wish to. Haha, I get what you're trying to say here but I'm lost at the moment as how to make it more understandable :s

Nice essay though (y)



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