Technology and America

What happened to the simple stuff? What happened to your basic things? Why do there have to be twenty different brands selling the same thing? Why is it that cars are bought for the computer inside or the fact that it’s a hybrid? Why do we always need the ‘newest’ things? How come kids need portable computers to entertain themselves? Can they not do that themselves? What has happened to imagination?
Now here is that statement that makes me feel old. I remember. I remember pretending having a circus in the backyard with nothing more than a swing set, some umbrellas, a beach ball or two, a kiddy pool, and a really good friend.
Why must there be TV’s in cars for those 15 minute trips? What happened to counting how many blue cars there are or drawing or writing?
Don’t get me wrong. I’m defiantly not some crotchety old person who hates technology. In fact I am the exact opposite. I’m a teenage girl that loves, emphasis on loves, technology. I play video and computer games, I run slideshows, I can run sound, I make slideshows for fun, and, as you can tell, I write a blog.
What I don’t get is how a six- year- old can tell me he needs Internet for his online game to work, but says that he can’t read a book. I’m only a couple years older (I’m not saying almost a decade older because that’ll make me feel old) but I feel like I live in a completely different world. I used to ponder on how cars work, now kids are trying to figure out how to get 1st place in the newest racing game.
There is no study, project, or government run program that can project and/ or assess what society will be like when these six year- olds are running America. It won’t tell us how they’ll think, how they work, or what new ideas they’ll come up with. The only thing we can know is that technology is a vulnerability and a addiction. The uncommon thing called common sense told me that.
I’m going to bet in twenty years if you were to ask someone how to survive without power they will say one of these three things.
First thing they would say is, “You can’t.” or, “That’s impossible.” Last year, I heard someone say, “I couldn’t live without technology.” If a major city were to lose power and the generator didn’t work, what would happen to the patients? Some truly wouldn’t survive without technology. “Even though the cost of living remains high, it is highly popular.” I’m sure that any American would want to survive a blackout. Would a technology addicted American be able to?
Second thing probably said might be, “I’ll just look it up on the internet.” Okay Genius. There is no power, which means no electricity. Unless you are going to make a potato battery (and you won’t be able to look up the plans on the internet) you are not going to have power, simple as that. It’s true, laptops don’t need to be plugged in to work but you will need to recharge at some point. Modems however, do need to be plugged in i.e. no internet. Just to remind you, neither paperback, nor hardcover books need to be plugged in to work. They just need to be opened.
Third thing is either, “That wouldn’t ever happen.” or yet again, “That’s impossible.”
Just to point out that word, impossible, shows up a lot in the ‘world of possibilities’. Even as you’re reading this you may be muttering that word. “If it can happen it will.” Murphy was smart. “All things are possible with God.” And since God made the world and can see the big picture, “Never say never.”
Look at the simple things while you can. The lights might go out before you can. In God’s picture book you are a pixel in the 21st century picture. But don’t let that get you down. Pictures look weird, almost sad, when there is a hole in them. Even pixels are important.