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EL-336. Birkerts. Technology Wasted

“Inevitably, one of the first realizations is that a communications net, a soft and pliable mesh woven from invisible threads, has fallen over everything. The so-called natural world, the place we used to live, which served us so long as the yardstick for all measurements, can now only be perceived through a scrim. Nature was then; this is now. Trees and rocks have receded. And the great geographical Other, the faraway rest of the world, has been transformed by the pure possibility of access. The numbers of distance and time no longer mean what they used to. Every place, once unique, itself, is strangely shot through with radiations from every other place. “There” was then; “here” is now.” (p.64, Birkerts)

The natural order of life has been disrupted by technology. Technology has made life easier for humans to survive. The electronics age has transformed the world into a “fast food nation”. Any type of information currently, the twenty-first century, is direct and no longer needs looked up. We have become a nation of overweight, know-it-alls due to the vast universe of information that can be researched by the click of a button.

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I just read in one of my brother's video game magazines that states are imposing taxes on games and consoles to:

1. Combat rising Juvenile Justice system costs

and

2. To "get kids off their asses" and out from in front of the TV.

It's true, technology does impose laziness, but convenience as well. Which loss comes with a greater cost?

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