Primer Chapt 1-4

3. Does the perpetual seeking of convenient technologies ultimately benefit society and culture? Does it change our goals of progress?

We discussed a matter similar to this question in Communications 112 about the benefits of technology. In one of our readings, I believe it was Niel Postman’s article “The Judgement of Thamus” where he said that technology is neither good nor bad for us as a society. It is both! Everything that is invented and everything that we do has its good and bad factors.

Convenient based technology does help us with the idea of saving time and space. We can do many things in such little amounts of time due to technology, it gives us more time to do the other things that need to be done. But that just makes us miss the little things that are usually given attention, but are now skipped over because technology gives us the idea that it’s not important. Something as simple as the cross walk signs. When pedestrians see that the walking man is on, it is okay to walk. Something as simple as looking both ways is forgotten as people are walking across the street. What if one day an absent minded driver doesn’t see the light and goes right through the red light? Sucks to be the pedestrian at that point.

It absolutely changes our goals of progress because we now seek for much bigger things. Not so much the smaller steps we used to take, but now we’re going for leaps and bounds. Theoretically speaking of course.

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  1. Anonymous

    Excellent example on the cross walks. European cities have already been experimenting with getting rid of road signs and with good success[1].

    “…technology gives us the idea that it’s not important”. This is a good observation. We have also been told what is important by media, technology makes a great tool to reinforce their messages.

    I often wonder if online services(like banking) have made us a less patient society when it comes to dealing with people in real time.

    It seems to me that the perpetual seeking of convenient technologies makes for a weak foundation on which we will build our progress, regardless of the goals.

    [1]http://www.spiegel.de/international/
    spiegel/0,1518,448747,00.html

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