Topic 24: The leisure industry is growing rapidly. The active role of modern technology in people's leisure lives nowadays has made them less creative. Do you agree or disagree?
·创造力很多时候来自于人的知识和看问题的角度（the way of thinking),网络使人们一直待书桌旁（bound to their desks),而不愿意和朋友、家人交流，缺乏社会生活（social life)和实践经验（practical experience),这些都是导致缺乏创造力的原因；
·很多机器代替了人力（replace manpower),人们缺少思考如何解决问题（work out solutions to problems under different circumstances)的机会，导致缺少想象的机会
·人们只是被动接受信息（receive information passively),较少思考。
·高科技产品，例如电脑游戏和电子游戏，可以提高人们三维空间的想象能力（the ability read and visualise images in three-dimensional space),增加人们的应变能力（improve one's ability to cope with change);
·很多科技是教育和益智性的（educational and intelligence-enhancing);很多人在现实生活中要循规蹈矩（obey rules),没有机会创造，而现代科技（臂如说网络）给予他们这个机会，例如，人们可以自己制作音乐（music files)、电影、专辑（albums)、视频（video clips)等。
Nowadays, leisure time activities are set to play a larger part in people's daily lives than ever before. There has been a perception that nowadays people could not derive the same pleasure as they did from the entertainment of yesteryear, as technology has made them less creative. This view is open to debate.
The maturity and popularity of network technology, together with the expansion of the software industry, has given today's entertainment seekers many opportunities to share pleasure, and enhance their intelligence. In the past, people could only play chess, cards, or other similar games with their friends. Now they can challenge other players via the Internet, professional or non-professional,familiar or unfamiliar. Some online games, by simulating real life conditions, enable players to exercise various tactics in dealing with difficulties. They improve players' abilities as well.
Technology also enables any person in a contempoary society to become enlightened and empowered and exhibit a high degree of creative power. Creativity stems primarily from knowledge. In the past, one's knowledge developed slowly or even stagnated throughout much of his/her life, simply because the access to information was limited. The siutation has been subject to dramatic change, with the advent of modern technology. By gathering information from a variety of sources, modern people can adopt, adjust and restructure different strategies to address an issue. Even in doing simple jobs,such as gardening, dressing, people can expand their creative energy and add new varieties, regarding it as a means of self-expression.
Some people might argue that watching TV, a common leisure activity, has seriously hampered the viewers' development in creativity. Their argument is based on an assumption that TV viewers are passive when absorbing information presented by TV and respond with no active thinking. However,there is evidence that television programmes are becoming increasingly educational and instructive. For example,quiz shows encourage critical thinking,while educational channels,such as Discovery,broaden watchers' knowledge. While advertisements bear aesthetical and ideological values, talk shows display the art of languages.
What have been discussed above refute a prevailing notion that modern technologies stifle people's creativity and make them passive and mechanical entertainment seekers. Modern technologies, as shown in above discussion, have made people more creative, and also given them more enjoyment in leisure activities.
2. together with=accompanied by=coupled with=combined with=alongside:和…一起
9.stagnate=stand still=languish=remain unchanged:保持不变，停滞不前