First Paraphrasing:
“To Fax or Not to Fax” by Judith Hooper
(Paragraph I, Page 34) 

Imagine, if you will, a world without window screens. In this pre-1910 world, insects circulate freely through the house, so you might as well sit on your front porch on a summer evening talking to your neighbors. Then someone invents window screens. Later, someone else invents air conditioning and, of course, television, and voila -- a drastic decline in porch sitting. As Americans withdraw into their separate homes to watch Jeopardy! with the air conditioner up high, neighbors become strangers and our community becomes a dim memory. (Clark 34) 

Paraphrased: Life moves by us at a hectic pace, but slow down for a moment. We want you to ponder this: an early-20th-century life of simplicity. Computers haven’t been invented yet, so you spend the cool summer evening talking to neighbors. Neighbors become strangers and community becomes a dim memory (Clark 34). First someone invents window screens, then air conditioning, and then television. The advance in technology has caused a rapid decline in the number of people getting together to do things -- and a large increase in the time in which our only companion is a machine. The world may be getting technologically advanced, but we are forgetting our common humanity.

Second Paraphrasing:
“Cyberspirit” by Jeff Zaleski
(Final Paragraph, Page 401) 

Our creation of the virtual world presents enormous opportunities and dangers. The virtual world, like the real world, is a bramble -- yet among the thorns, flowers bloom. If you enter cyberspace with a clear mind and an open heart, you may just find the information and connections you need to take one step further along the path. (Clark 401)

Paraphrased: When we brought virtual reality into existence, it opened the door to a realm that was beautiful but potentially deadly. The vast reaches of this new realm created a gateway to something wonderful if used correctly -- but perilous if misused. If one goes into the virtual world with a closed mind, you will miss the beauty of it; however, if you enter it willingly and with acceptance, it is a great thing. In other words, if you don’t look closely, the green briar patch will engulf you. Take a closer look, though, and (to paraphrase a poem) watch the red red rose run ‘round the briar.