Question "SuperCorp recently moved its headquarters to Corporateville. The recent surge in the number of homeowners in Corporateville proves that Corporateville is a superior place to live than Middlesburg, the home of SuperCorp's current headquarters. Moreover, Middleburg is a predominately urban area and according to an employee survey, SuperCorp has determined that its workers prefer to live in an area that is not urban. Finally, Corporateville has lower taxes than Middlesburg, making it not only a safer place to work but also a cheaper one. Therefore, Supercorp clearly made the best decision." Write a response in which you examine the stated and/or unstated assumptions of the argument. Be sure to explain how the argument depends on the assumptions and what the implications are if the assumptions prove unwarranted. Response This argument is flawed since it lacks enough evidence to support the case, and it is based on assumptions that might not hold true. First of all, the argument does not give enough reasons tu support the decision to move the headquarters from Middlesburg to Coporatesville wise. Would SuperCorp's revenues increase? Would the number of customers raise as a consequence? In other words: wil the decision be a good business decision? Furthermore, the arguments make a lot of assumptions about why things happened that are not well supported. It states the recent surge in the number of homeowners in Corporateville proves that it is a superior place to live than Middlesburg. But the surge might be due to other reasons. For example, it could be that rental is extremely expensive in Corporateville, making it more economically sensible to buy a house than to rent it. It could also be that housing in Corporateville is cheaper than in Middlesburg because there is more violence, which would not make it a better place to live than Middlesburg. The argument fails to provide any information about the reasons behind the surge in the number of homeowners at Corporateville. The argument also suggests that workers would prefer to live in Corporateville based on an employee survey that said they preferred to live in an area that is not urban. This argument is flawed for several reasons: first, even if we know that Middlesburg is an urban area, no information is provided about what kind of citiy Corporateville is. It could be an urban area as well. Second, living in a non urban area might not be the most important factor when deciding where to live. There could be other factors that they might assign more weight to as for instance, proximity to supermarkets or the quality of the schools areound. Furthermore, even if Corporateville was rural and living in a non urban area were the most important factor when making a decision about where to live, that does not necessarily mean that workers are going to move to Coporateville. There might be other considerations such as family connections or house pricing that might prevent them from moving. And most important: nothing is said about how the survey was conducted. It could be the case that is not at all representative of what workers really want: was the sample big enough? Was the sample representative of all workers? What were the questions in the survey that might give us more complete information about whether workers would actually move from Middleburg to Corporateville? Finally, the statement that says that because Corporateville has lower taxes, it is a safer and cheaper place to live makes absolutely no sense. It might be that taxes are cheaper precisely for the opposite reason, because the place is dangerous and needs to attract investment. Also, cheaper taxes do not guarantee cheaper prices in general. A tax is one of many other prices.
Question "Technology, while apparently aimed to simplify our lives, only makes our lives more complicated." Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. Response Technology, although at times difficult to navigate, makes our lives easier and more efficient. Thanks to technology, we can save money, time, and also be more connected to each other. Thanks to technology, we can do tasks much faster than we did before and from the comfort of our homes. We can shop online, order a cab from our cell phones, or find the information we need in just a few seconds. Back in the days, when I was a student, I spent hours in the library navigating books. Now, almost all the information I need is available online, and just "one click away". Not only technology saves us a lot of time, but enhances communications. In the era of the internet, we do not have to wait three days for a letter to arrive: we send an email which is received by the addresse almost instantaneously. We can also talk to someone who lives 10,000 km away on Skype at almost no cost. Furthermore, technology can favor a better use of resources. Companies, for instance, save a lot of space and money since documents can now be digitally stored. Back in the days, computers did not exist and most of the information such as contracts, tax returns and bills was stored in paper. Consequently, companies needed to have big warehouses for storing purposes, which was a waste of space and money that nowadays can be used for something else. It is true that technology can feel overwhelming sometimes, especially since it is constantly evolving and requires its users to be in a constant process of learning. However, even if at the beginning we need to invest a considerable amount of time to learn a new technology, in the end, it pays off. Take for example and older technology as a calculator and compare it with a newer technology like Microsoft Excel. It is true that Excel might not be the easiest thing to navigate when one is not familiar with it. Excel can be scary. But if you spend some time in learning its tricks, in the end it will save you a lot of time. Not only it allows to trace all the steps taken to make a calculation, but it is also much faster. It can perform complicated operations in just seconds that with a simple calculator would take days. To sum up, despite some challenges that might come along with technology, when used wisely, it can signficantly simplify our lives and save us a lot of time.