February 07, 2006

Forster, ''The Machine Stops'' (online) -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

The Machine Stops is a chilling, short story masterpiece about the role of technology in our society and how we may be affected by the use of technology. This story is a bit scary due to all the technology we use today. Even though this story was written prior to WWI,it is evident how true everything is that Forster stated about the role of technology. "They were left where they perished for our edification. A few crawled away, but they perished, too - who can doubt it? And so with the Homeless of our own day. The surface of the earth supports life no longer." This quote seems to me that technology will some day take over us and rule the world.

Posted by SarahLodzsun at February 7, 2006 10:18 AM

Sarah..isn't it scary to think of technology taking over and ruling the world.
Forster was very imaginative back then, pretty ironic how technology is taking over our lives.
We use our cell phones for tv, music, text messaging and surfing the internet. We also have palm pilots and etc..
I think that this was a great story to make you take a step back and see what our world is like and what it is turning into.
Sarah..i feel the same way as you.

Posted by: Denamarie Ercolani at February 7, 2006 02:25 PM
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