Technology In The Walking Dead

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“OOOOAAARRRGGGHHH!”. Having watched all 9 seasons of The Walking Dead, I am now accustomed to hearing the endless shouts and moans of zombies. It being my favorite show, I remember being so sucked into it that I would do anything in order to keep up with the constant action. Just last month, I remember coming home after my SAT being completely exhausted and hungry. Although my family already had lunch, my mom prepared food for me and laid it out on the table. After taking a seat, I took out my phone, opened Netflix, and reentered my post-apocalyptic world. I was completely oblivious to the fact that my mom was sitting across from me, wanting to have a conversation in another show called “real life”. I had made it clear that I wanted to spend…show more content…
In fact, corporations keep up with technology to promote consumerism and their interests. In our lives, it is well known that no matter where you go on the internet, it is certain that you will come across advertisements. Companies now work hand in hand with websites all over the internet to ensure that these advertisements are relevant to the person viewing them. I remember looking up a shirt online only to find it following me all around the internet in ads the next day. That is because these websites share our personal information (such as the content we visit) to companies to better target us (Simonite). But companies aren’t the only ones collecting information about us. The United States government “invests billions of dollars into facial recognition research and development” in order to track us better (Risen). In fact, they use photos from our seemingly private “emails, text messages, social media, video conferences and other communications” to add to their ever-expanding database (Risen). Bradbury created a terrifying robot called the Mechanical Hound to warn readers about how advancements in technology can be used against us. The hound, similar to facial recognition technology, can be used to track people through its ability to detect thousands of smells. It can also be deployed at any time to neutralize its target quickly and efficiently. For example, when…show more content…
Although it has allowed us to communicate with others quickly and easily, its potential to be misused can have extremely harmful effects on our health. Our devices have become so addictive that we are willing to prioritize them and put off other things for it. In my experience, I have put my devices in front of my studies, my family, and my friends. I have developed a psychological attachment to my phone so that it is always on my mind. For example, I don’t mind checking my phone for new notifications even though I know I didn’t get any. This condition has been named nomophobia, where symptoms include “feelings of panic or desperation when separated from your smartphone, not being able to focus on conversations or work, and constantly checking phones for notifications” and that cell phone addiction can be related to any other addiction that involves the release of dopamine, like alcohol (Stone). Bradbury predicts the future in his book by developing a character that shows signs of nomophobia, Mildred. In her case, she has become so distracted by technology that it is on her mind no matter what. Through her constant connectivity with her Seashells (a portable music device) as well as attachment to her parlors, she overdoses on her sleeping pills because she can’t remember how many she had already taken (19). She is saved by a special machine that was built because of the prevalence of this problem in
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