Wednesday, July 13, 2005

We all love technology...

So it hit me today. The level of reliance of technology is (for the majority of people) overlooked and is taken for granted. This self-epiphany occurred to me after watching a movie at my house- I realized had no idea where my cell phone was. I started going through the thought process that your mother always used to tell you- “Where were you when you last used it….” Then I started fabricating possibilities of locations where I may have left it. The first coming to mind was the thought it was in my desk in my office at work. Then the sinking feeling hit me to the degree of panic, to me it seemed like I had left a vital medication- and I MUST have in order to live. As always- it was right where I had left it (on my desk in my room).

(video of someone destroying a cell phone)

So on my drive to work I thought about this phenomenon on a global/scheme of things. Articles about technology effecting social interaction are being written & researched everyday (New York Times, local newspapers, business journals). My conclusion from seeing different observations of analysis, is that its not clear enough to say one way or the other that technology is making us “zombies” under technologies control. The theory of technological determinism, or technology as a tool is determining our behavior has been around for a long time, and there continues to be examples of how technology has changed us all. Yet- people forget that there are several good things that occur (including heightened social interaction) that never have before. Technologies that critics fiercely debate and claim to destroy society- Ipod (or any portable music device). The amount of communities that have been created because of portable music is astounding. The simple concept of a device that is easy-to-use and portable and merely allows for the transporting of music has created businesses, forums, conventions, products, and more importantly- widely improved the appreciation of music itself. Countless people criticize the wrongful act of file sharing (misinterpreted as not appreciating the artist/losing money)- and overlook that people have stepped up their appreciation and expectations of music. Now-a-days, if you want people to actually go out and purchase your album- you really must be a good artist. Meaning- you better have more than one good song people want to listen to. In my mind- file sharing has brought forward the TRUE artists out there who deserve recognition for their talents, and has helped society be aware of and depreciate “manufactured” music. My main point to all this- technology may be destroying some traditional ways of doing things, but creating more good than we realize. Anyways, isn’t the point of technology something that changes our lives. I think the critics who write these articles are people who aren’t fans of “change” in general to begin with. I didn’t meant to go off on a rant and all- but that’s my two cents (sorry for all this blab over losing my cell phone for a couple of minutes).