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TOEFL Writing 練習 2

ちょうど30分で書いたものです。書き出す前に、内容や構成についてもっと考えて書き出せばよかったと反省。(今年こそは、今年こそはTOEFL受けるという気持ちで恥を忍んで公開)

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The invention of the Internet has had negative effects on your civilization. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

 

 The Internet is such a revolutionary medium that it has changed the whole world drastically since the late 1990s. It is an instant, global medium that offers us another form of democracy in which every one of us can speak out and express ourselves. It allows us to use a great number of applications (apps) for numerous purposes. It is a new infrastructure through which the information have-nots will have access to tremendous proportions of knowledge and services.

 

As long as citizens can exert their rights to use the Internet freely, they can constantly check what is going on around the world as well as in their own country, and express their opinions about it. Internet users will bring together other people’s opinions, think over them for themselves and form their own thought. Without the Internet, it would be quite difficult to listen to or read what ordinary people think. Now, TV and newspapers are losing their privileges, giving in to the more democratic medium.

 

The Internet, and the tool with which to access it, the smartphone, have changed not only cities in which we live, but also the remotest rural areas in which there are almost no medical facilities. According to a newspaper article I read months ago, people living there usually own a smartphone with an app to call a medical worker when necessary. Another app might help local people start a business, say, by connecting people or providing a commodity market.

 

Thanks to the Internet, people who cannot afford to buy books or a TV set have access to a lot of information. Although not all information is reliable, we can try hard to make the Internet (or a particular website) a more reliable source of information. Some people are concerned about the widening discrepancy of the haves and have-nots, but I am quite optimistic. There has always been some friction when a new technology was introduced, but in the long run, most of the population have learnt to accept it and made the world a better place to live with the new technology.

The Internet has made us more politically-conscious, has enabled people living far-away to enjoy medical services or start a business, and has offered a great deal of opportunity to learn to everybody on the planet. All in all, I believe the Internet has had a positive impact on society. (396 words)