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Technological deprivation

Saturday, March 17, 2012

As if it's not bad enough that I'm going through withdrawals, not having cable during March Madness, now I'm forced to endure a few hours without Internet or email access.

How's a man supposed to do what a man's going to do when he can't keep up with the ever-evolving world via his desktop technology?

With the Iowa Network Services work going on Friday morning, I was in a panic. Normally, the first thing I do in the morning is begin scouring AP news and news in general, check my emails from overnight and get ready to roll for the day.

Can you image how discombobulated I became when I began clicking madly on my keyboard this morning only to discover the rapid finger motion was all for naught? It wasn't pretty I assure you.

Then I began wondering, was this the beginning of the end or some kind of sick peek at what's to come?

A world without technology ... gasp!

But you know, it kind of makes you think. We've become very, VERY reliant on these instruments of technological advancement. How different, and how simple, our lives have become. Communication, information location and sharing - it can all be done around the globe in a matter of seconds. And you don't even need your desktop or laptop computer, you can do it in the palm of your hand.

Let today's techno-lapse be a warning to us all. Don't become so dependent on your electronic gadgetry that you lose your ability to function without it.

When Facebook went down today, tears from all the young people in Spencer, caused flooding in the streets. They were forced to revert to the primitive art of face-to-face contact.

I for one will take this opportunity to remind you to watch the classic cinema experience that is the "Terminator" series - a stark look at what happens when society finds itself at the mercy of its technological creations.

Do not let the lessons of Aahnold catch you napping. You know, if you're not careful, he'll be back.

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I agree sometimes people get too worked up and "reliant" on certain technologies, and it's sometimes beneficial to unplug and go out and about and do things the old fashioned way, or to turn off the TV and read a book. But I also find it disingenuous to say reliance on technology or whatever can be bad because everything is technology. I often see people lament the amazing ability to communicate in seconds with people around the globe has somehow lessened the ability to communicate "face to face." Of course most of those people would never have communicated face to face to begin with, or certainly less often, so the technology has been a net benefit. Letter and paper/pen technology certainly wasn't some regression from the ability to communicate "face to face," and neither do computers or phones or what have you create some sort of downfall. It's like saying people's increased ownership of automobiles should be questioned because it lessens people's ability to ride and knowledge of horses. While true, it's also irrelevant.

-- Posted by jlees on Sat, Mar 17, 2012, at 6:37 PM

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Randy Cauthron
One Man's Perspective