Friday, August 31, 2007

Technology Addicts All

Technology Addicts

I really liked Dale's essay a great deal. I admit, I've had exactly the same thought about the bees and cell phones - I think it is a compelling example of just how addicted to our comforts we are, because I think Dale is right that few of us would have voluntarily given up our cell phones simply to keep our food supply coming. Our "have to" is too close and "food" is simply too abstract in this society.

That may be the single reason that we most need to begin growing food. Not because we might starve (although that seems a serious and compelling rationale to me), but because unless we reconnect our brains and bodies with natural cycles like the food cycle, we'll never be able to recognize our collective technological death drive for what it is. And yes, I know that writing this on the computer is a great irony - and one I have to start dealing with. Here's my essay on that:

The Revolution Will Not Be Blogged, Either

Ned Ludd kinda had a point, no?



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Anonymous said...

Uhm Emma I was unable to follow your point.
Were you trying to be obscure?
Perhaps this was an exercise in steganography, or some other signal traffic exercise?
Would you care to rephrase?

-Brian M.

Sue said...

Perfect example of how technology that is being used for good (ie, using the internet to blog/dialogue about good and important things) is nevertheless not free of the negative parts of that technology (ie, spam from emmajohnson).

I'm not an automatic rejector of technology, but I do think wary observation and careful consideration far outranks automatic acceptance-cum-dependence of such things.

Long live Ned Ludd!


Kiashu said...

Before the mobile phones vs bees question came up, there was the case of the Pasha Bulker, a coal carrier ship which beached outside Newcastle, a coal port.

It beached because there were 55 ships waiting in a queue to pick up coal, and there was an unseasonal storm - robably from global warming - the ships were told to pull away from shore, but 10 impatient ones stayed, and one of them ended up beached.

So, the ships were crowded up because of their greed for coal, and then came a storm which came from burning too much coal, and destroyed one of the ships.

Beautiful irony. It's almost like the Earth has an immune system or something ;)

tk said...

Oh my goodness, Sharon. I just discovered your blog, went back and read your piece that you referenced, and this popped out at me:

"Now that we've experienced the joy of little clubs filled entirely with people focused on X or Y shared thing, we're less able to get along with the people whose common connection to us is a place, or a history or a more formal relationship? Certainly we're more alienated from our families, more likely to be divorced or live far away from kids and loved ones. The internet may be bringing us together, but it seems as though it is also enabling us to be apart."

I can't tell you how true this rings to me, and your entire statement on internet "community" which I believe to be a little bit about community and a lot about self-justification ... anyway, you nailed what I was thinking.

My mom says it too: You can't be picky about the people you see in your town. You can only be picky about the people you choose to spend time with on the Internet. Yet it seems like a lot of people do that backwards.

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