Thursday, March 27, 2008

Higher Tech = Better?

Technology, and the media, is changing fast. It has been for a while now. I really like new technology, such as computers, especially the internet. We have the MP3, GPS, and DVD. This has all made life really easy and convenient.

Sometimes though, I think about what it must have been like without all the amazing new technologies. Boring? Slow? That might make sense, but I'm not so sure.

These days, new cutting-edge cell phones come out all the time, and if you don't have one of the latest, it's almost like you're out of the loop. Then there are gaming systems. I've never been very much into video games, but the new systems come out, and you must have them. In music, CD's days seem numbered, and DVD's aren't likely the future either. And so we will need to get duplicates, just as people before us replaced their cassette tapes and VHS's. We can even consider school. Thanks to technology, we get to take quizzes and tests online. And we print notes off our printer. But it's not as though we aren't anymore paying hundreds of dollars for textbooks. Or taking real tests, or going to class.

Sometimes it's just too much, and too fast.

I love the technology. I love the internet that I can cruise for five straight hours and consume new, interesting, well-written stories, watch entertaining videos, and learn new things, without ever being bored. But it is also kind of ridiculous when I step back for a moment to think about it.

I guess we just live in a really fast-paced, always-changing culture. And while I wouldn't want to trade it away, sometimes I'd like to just, you know,
sllllooowwww it dowwwwnnnn
and chill it out for a minute.

1 comment:

ford said...

I was around before these "techno marvels" and while it was a lot slower I can't say it was boring. I did spend more time outside. I still seem to get by in good shape without stuff. Never had a cell phone,have network tv, do computer work at the library and my camera uses film. I still spend more time outside than the average American I suspect.