Nothing says “human nature” like love and individuality. Part of what makes humans unique is our species’ ability to show compassion and caring for our peers and surroundings. Many people, particularly older generations, believe that the overuse of social technology has ruined the appreciation that younger generations have for the world around them. In Ray Bradbury’s stories, “The Pedestrian” and “The Veldt”, he gives examples of how technology could ruin our affiliations to what would be considered human characteristics. In “The Pedestrian”, Bradbury describes a futuristic world in which no one socializes or takes walks because they are so consumed with their televisions with the exception of one man; in “The Veldt”, parents using advanced
We should participate in the “Shut Down Your Screen Week” because being on your phone too much can be dangerous, it can taint relationships with people around you, and it can have a negative effect on learning. One reason we should participate in Shut Down Your Screen Week is because screens can be dangerous. A CNN article “Teens spend 9 hours a day on media” states that all throughout North America teengers spend an average 6-9 hours on media. This can affect schoolwork and real life relationships with your family and friends.
In today’s world, technology is everything. Smartphones, computers, tablets, and televisions are all at our fingertips. Ray Bradbury, a futuristic author, wrote many stories and novels about a futuristic society, where humans became engrossed in technology. His stories usually occur in the years 2030-2050. These stories are indeed a few decades before now, but the author correctly predicted the future.
In Nicholas Carr’s article, “How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds” (November 10, 2017) Carr discusses the implications of allowing our smartphones to have such a huge effect on our lives. Smartphones serve many purposes, and have created massive societal effects throughout the world despite being introduced roughly only two decades ago. One can converse with anyone in the world at any given moment, they can watch any television show they want, and they can receive alerts so they no longer have to put effort into remembering things themselves. However, with so much control over people’s own lives, one begins to wonder about the negative consequences of the smartphones themselves.
We integrate technology into our bodies, our lives and even the world around us. Even in todays society medical technological advancements such as pacemakers keep hearts pumping, and computers act as a social barrier as people are more likely to talk over social networking rather than meeting face to face. This can be seen through both my prescribed texts of Ridley Scotts “Blade runner” and William Gibson’s novel “Neuromancer” along with my related text of the 1956 film “Forbidden Planet”. “Blade Runner” directed by Ridley Scott emphasises its power as a visual medium to convey a multilayered text. The film is rich with visual metaphors and draws on various Intertextual materials.
My 6 word memoir does not describe myself, but it does describe who I strive to be. Along with many of my classmates, our generation is made up of texting, social media and a lack of social abilities. We can go days without having a meaningful conversation or one at all and that gets to me. Today instead of confronting people about issues we have with each other, we hide behind our phones and ignore people through what we see as a read receipt. Lately my goal has been to shy away from most communication through social media and actually have a conversation with the people I am trying to reach.
The novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and the film, WALL-E, directed by Andrew Stanton, are both very similar to considerable dilemmas in the progressing society today. Fahrenheit 451 and WALL-E relate to technology isolating people and limiting face-to-face interaction in life today. They are also similar with the role of dependability on technology and more complex futuristic technology coming into play, potentially making society worse for the average person. Fahrenheit 451 and WALL-E contain oppressive governments with high control that somewhat contradict the present world. If humans stay on this pathway, futuristic stories, such as Fahrenheit 451 and WALL-E, may turn to a reality.
In both Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and George Orwell’s 1984, dystopian futures exist under different influences. Neil Postman, a contemporary social critic, asserts that the vision within Huxley’s novel is more relevant in today’s world than is Orwell’s. Orwell’s 1984 cautions a society oppressed by systematic oppression, government surveillance, and the alteration of the past itself. On the contrary, Huxley warns of a society “frittered away”, as Thoreau once said, by distractions, pleasures, and complacency. Although 1984 is surely relevant in today’s world, Postman is correct in his assertion that Brave New World envisioned many of modern society’s problems.
Cutting edge technology has significantly changed the world as we once knew it and created a dependency that can be considered either healthy or unhealthy. Smartphones, laptops, iPads, Apple Watches to name a few, are not just gadgets, they are a major necessity in many lives and serve as a mode of communication. With these multiple modes of communication, there is still a basic need for face to face communication in many arenas, especially the health care setting. In a health care setting there are multiple instances in which the requirements of communication among multiple health care professionals with varying levels of education and occupation training is necessary in which technology does not serve as the ideal delivery system. Evolving healthcare has changed the dynamics of health care.
In the article, “Hooked on Our Smartphones” by Jane E. Brody, the author claims that people in the current generation are addicted to their phones which causes them health problems and invisibility to the real world. Brody is supporting her argument by giving others and her opinion who have a great say looking at real data. She thinks that “The good idea comes in the moment of rest.” (par. 1) But even though a person has time after work or fulfilling their responsibilities, technology is something that people turn to instead of doing something that involves not staying in your room.
“94 percent of teens who have a smartphone use it daily” (Tarshis, 19). As a result, the overuse of technology is ruining relationships between people. According to “Is Technology Killing our Friendships?” by Lauren Tarshis and “How Smartphones Could Be Ruining Your Relationship” by Barrie Davenport, many people disagree over whether technology is destroying relationships. Some people believe that technology is bringing us closer than ever before because we can stay in constant contact with each other. However, others feel that technology is actually killing our relationships.