thinking about how much technology has affected the actual quality of
life I realized that those of us who spend a great deal of our time
online interacting with social networks and gaming or just interacting
primarily with a variety of software applications throughout our day are
far less interesting and far less substantial as people than those who
existed decades before. It's not that the
technology itself is evil and is solely responsible for corrupting its
users. I'm not a Neo-Luddite. I'm quite confident that like in all
things the problem begins with the users themselves, people in general.
Just like "Guns don't kill people, people kill people" one might say
"Technology doesn't diminish people, people diminish themselves."
Sure, we can push a button and see shit happen fast. We can play a
plethora of games on one of several platforms both mobile and home
based. We can sit down and with a few hours whip up some artwork in
something like GIMP or Photoshop. Big fucking deal. How many of those
skills effectively translate to life beyond a device? Where is the real
world application of skills acquired through excessive software use?
Have button pushers found a way to make everything depend upon and exist
around their superior skill set? Seems that way.
paintings (and those of like programs) are the felt paintings of the
modern age. One's Angry Bird skills will not gain them success in a
practical field. One's Facebook meme-sharing will not define them as
clever or witty or profound. Who actually uses the internet for
something useful like research or to find ways to better one's
community? Where is our cancer cure, or our faster than light space
travel, or our colonies on other worlds, or the shrinking of poverty and
the bettering of all societies?
I am just as guilty as many
others. I'm also aware and willing to regain my substance and real world
worth, if I don't still have any left. How about you? (these are my
opinions...so, yeah...flame wars won't achieve anything)