Trapped In A World That We Never Made – The Power of Technology To Control Us

Posted: February 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

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  1. Grace Lebrecht says:

    I’m someone who uses my phone incessantly, so don’t get me wrong I am all for technology. But I can’t help but agree with this. I can say with certainty that I am addicted to my phone and that, whether they will admit it or not, so is most of the world, especially the population in the same age group as me. When on family vacations, my sister will spend more time worrying about getting a good picture to post than enjoying being around those she loves. Social media encourages us to portray our perfect lives when that simply isn’t realistic. Life is hard and it’s hard for everyone, so we might as well own it and help each other out rather than hide behind a screen and a fake perfect life.

    • As I may have mentioned in class, I had a friend stay with me the other week. As she left I realized I had taken almost no photos of our time together. It suddenly occurred to me it was because we were actually having fun, genuinely enjoying our time together. I my IT3 class, we talked about the intimate connection between technology, religion, and the supernatural. I suggested that, in both ancient and modern times, it is to technology that we turn in times of crisis, when we feel we need a savior. That thought might shed some light on our current addiction to devices.

  2. Natalie Van Orden says:

    I also think this post is interesting because Facebook and Google (as well as any other social media platforms or companies) often profit from our addiction to technology. I think it’s really cool that these former Facebook and Google employees are the ones launching the campaign. I think it shows some understanding on their part that profit isn’t all that matters, and that in the end reducing our addiction to technology is healthier and happier for everyone.

  3. Uyen Hoang says:

    I definitely can relate to you Grace, and your sister. My sister is the exact same way and I’m guilty of the same when I travel. I become so absorbed into the new environment and become so focused on wanting to remember the moments or capture that “instagram worthy shot” that I all I want to do is take photos of it, until the fleeting moment leaves me bittersweet because on one hand, I have the photograph to reminisce, but when it comes to my personally memory of it, I mainly remember the time and energy I spent trying to capture it than truly enjoying it to its full potential.

    But Brian, you bring up a very interesting note: that we turn to technology when we need a savior. Thinking about this kind of opened up this window of “oh my god, you’re right” and really made me rethink my life ha. I just hadn’t truly pondered that thought before, it just makes me think: what does it save us from exactly?

    • I won’t say technology will necessarily will save us. But it certainly may have to potential to save us. Consequently, it seems to me that the future, indeed our survival, depends on who controls technology, in particular the emerging hegemonic technologies. This makes it seem particularly noteworthy that we are currently involved in a major political debate over who owns and runs the internet.

      • Natalie Van Orden says:

        Maybe we also turn to technology we think will be our “savior,” such as our cell phones, but ignore other technologies that could better save us, or end up using the technologies that could save us instead in destructive ways. Cell phones certainly have benefits, but those benefits may or may not be outweighed by how destructively we use them.

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