CS 492/692 - Spring 2016 - Assignment 2

The Internet and You


Assignment 2 is due on Thursday May 26 at 10am. It should be roughly 750 words in length and is worth 5 marks.

Depending on your point of view, the Internet can be seen as a technology with vast potential benefits or a constant presence in our lives that imposes considerable challenges. Reflect on what YOU think about the Internet. While your overall conclusion may be predominantly positive or negative, try to offer some commentary from both points of view, before revealing your final words of wisdom. Throughout, try to examine the origin of your opinions and support your position with facts and reasoning.

You may find that the topic is simply too big for the amount of space that you have, and in order to say anything meaningful you may have to restrict the scope somewhat.


This, the second of our short assignments gets you used to expressing an informed opinion in an area where there are no clear answers, no agreements on terms, and the present, let alone the future, is difficult to pin down. It will take some effort on your part not to lapse into cliche or catchphrases, and to avoid simply repeating the arguments of others.