Thursday, July 3, 2014

Is Technology Holding Us Back?

    In Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan's "Why Vampires Never Die", the authors attribute the great popularity of "Dracula" to the many technological advancements being made during the time it was written. They state that since technology connects us more with others and makes the world "smaller", we have lost touch with ourselves, and we therefore do not know ourselves like we used to.
    Author Sherry Turkle covers this very same subject in her article "Can You Here Me now". Turkle starts off by noting her observations in the working environnment. She says that as she looks around a particular room, she notices people are less inclined to socialize and pay attention to each other, and more inclined to look on their phones and lose themselves in cyberspace. While Turkle admits there are pro's to technology, she states five cons which in her opinion are the harms done by communicating through technology. These include blending their real and virtual lives,  less times to be alone with ourselves, kids losing out on the experience to fend for themselves, the lack of privacy, and the split of our attention that technology causes. The author concludes by wondering what type of world we are going to live in if we continue these practices.
    Just like Del Toro and Hogan, Turkle would agree that technology is causing us to lose ourselves. This applies not only to our own personal time, but also the time we could be spending making genuine connections with other human beings. The paradox that may confuse some is that while technologies power becomes greater, then our resources to reach out all over the globe should yield more interaction. But in fact, we are noticing just the opposite. Turkle would explain this by saying that the technology actually limits us by taking away our motivation to talk to real people, as well as taking away our attention from the important things in life. It is interesting to note that Del Toro and Hogan discuss this phenomenon in relation to"Dracula", which was written in 1897. This shows that this is a problem that has been around for a while, and will only escalate more if people do not realize the error of their ways.

        -According to Turkle, being distracted by your phone or laptop during a presentation is very common in today's age.


  1. Late ;-)

    This isn't a bad post, but I'm not sure I completely see how the two articles relate.

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    1. The post was cool but I was a little lost. The articles are going in different directions.