‘Comparison Question: Handwriting is on the wall for a moment & the dying art of handwriting’ by Safa Aman


After taking both texts into account, I strongly believe that Text One does more justice to the relating topic as compared to Text Two.

Text One — ‘The Dying Art of Handwriting’ — not only explains that handwriting is slowly being eradicated, but explains why this ancient practice is being extinct day by day. In the passage, Margaret Rock (the author of the brilliantly composed text) uses logos. She backs her content up with scientific proof which leads readers to believe that it is a hundred percent accurate. This can be seen in the following sentence: “According to brain imaging studies, cursive writing, in particular, activates parts of the nervous system that stay quiet during typing”.

Another reason why Text One trumps over Text Two is because of the chatty tone. Its conversational style keeps boredom at bay and makes something as simple as handwriting less mundane. For example, in “Remember that saying, ‘Write it down so you won’t forget it?'”, the writer questions the reader and tries to connect to her audience. This keeps the readers involved and more interested in whatever is being discussed.

As entertaining as Text Two may seem, it lacks logical reasoning. The writer drones on about how handwriting is becoming obsolete; however, he does not give enough evidence to  support his statement. This can be noted in, “truth is, I am out of practice, and it’s all the fault of the computer” — But, why? The writer fails to provide sufficient information.


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