Thursday, January 8, 2009

#11 Technology Blog

I would echo what others have said, technology is wonderful when it is working right and a pain when it's not.

But I think there's another dimension to the issue as well. Technology gives us more control over our jobs, schedules, communications, etc., but the more we use it, the more dependent we become upon it. Should our computer crash or our internet connection go down, our day can be ruined. That control is gone, at least temporarily. If the internet should be disrupted or (heaven forbid!) the power grid go down for more than a few minutes, our lives would be thrust into chaos in short order. We gain control by yielding it to an entity that we view to be stronger than we are. Thankfully, most of the time, it works.

On the lighter side, I have often chuckled to myself that if I ever have to go to a nursing home I'll have to pick one that will let me have my computer and a high speed internet hookup in my room!

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