The article “IT Doesn’t Matter”

The article “IT Doesn’t Matter” by Nicholas G. Carr from the May, 2003 Harvard Business Review is available here: http://www.roughtype.com/archives/2007/01/it_doesnt_matte.php

 

Read all parts of the article carefully. After you understand Carr’s arguments, find at least one article that presents an opposite view. You may use Internet searches to do this, but find an article from a high quality source. One source of high-quality articles is the ACM Digital Library (you are not expected to use material that requires payment of a fee for this or any other assignment in this course). You may also use any other source, including books and periodicals in the university library near you.

 

In no more than two or three paragraphs, take the position of the “prosecuting attorney,” i.e. of Mr. Carr. Summarize and defend Carr’s arguments using material from the essay and also material from your outside reading. Then, in another two or three paragraphs, present the opinion of the “defense attorney,” using material from one or more articles that present the opposing view. Finally, play the role of the judge and, in two or three more paragraphs, render a decision.

 

Tell which point of view is the correct one and why. You may quote from your articles. Be sure to cite your sources when you do that. Use APA style in your answers. Please note – a “good” essay will clearly present two distinct sides of the argument and a ruling. Regardless of which side you favor, you must clearly and succinctly present an opposing side.

 

Should be at least 600 words.