Technology – Curse or Blessing?
PHOTOFRIDAY – TECHNOLOGY
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So what do you think about technology? Is it a curse, a blessing or just neutral (meaning it depends on how we use it)
Do you find technology to be a good servant, or do you find that you are a slave to technology?
Does technology help us expand the kingdom or does it create a more superficial reality?
Does technology help to develop relationships and community or does it take us away from true community?
I came across an interesting conversation that a former chief scientist at Xerox had with a senior at Marin Catholic High School in regards to technology.
Before you read the article, who do you think wrote the following paragraph – the former Xerox scientist or the Senior in High School?
"Amazing technological advances can help bring some fun to your day (X-box, Tivo) but they also tear away from people communicating and bonding like they used to. Many teenagers sit on their computer surfing MySpace or on AIM instead of having actual relationships with their friends. Everyone rushes through the streets jabbing on their cellphone, iPods stuck in their ears. No one has time to be close to….well, anyone. The world is too fast paced. I believe everyone needs to slow down and take a good hard look at the world in front of them; you won’t be there forever."
And who do you think wrote these lines?
"The Net is enabling us to build and maintain dense networks of friends and colleagues that stretch the globe."
"I certainly agree with you in the profound need for not letting the virtual replace the physical–but let’s also recognize that there are many creative ways that it can augment it."
If you want to know you will have to read the article. So what’s your take on technology? If you want to look at my take, I recently finished a paper that I posted on-line that I wrote for grad school. I think you will find it fascinating. I basically talk about the nature of media, the laws of media as defined by Marshall McLuhan and his son, I get into analyzing recent internet technology, and basically how to engage in crucial counterforces.