IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 040

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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 40

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

As we move into the digital age, books and newspapers are becoming less important. Within the next 20 years, computers will have entirely replaced any other such form of media.

To what extent do you agree with the above?

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Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


There is little doubt that computers and the Internet have had an effect on more traditional forms of media, but it is unlikely that these more contemporary forms will be the only option available within two decades.

Consider, for example, the impact television had in the mid-1900s, and the fears that this would lead to the end of more traditional pastimes like reading. Yet books remain popular across all generations. For many employees, computers have become a part of their working day, and as such they are not always so keen to use them at home as well. Packing for a holiday, sitting by the bed, in the garden on a warm summer’s day – these are all situations where books have remained, and almost certainly will remain, the media of choice. Even among the young, there has been something of a resurgence of interest in reading, as the Harry Potter phenomenon illustrated.

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The future for newspapers, however, is less clear. Certainly there is something of a ritual about collecting and reading the morning paper, be it over breakfast or the way to work, but there is a clear possibility that the Internet, offering the most up-to-date news, the clearest pictures and the widest coverage, will soon replace this.

To summarise, therefore, while there have been rapid developments in the field of computing, it is unlikely that the technology of today and the media of the past are mutually exclusive. As such, it is unlikely that society will see the disappearance of traditional media, and certainly not within the next 20 years.

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