Hello, my name is George Gordon. I’m currently in the Professional and Technical Writing major which is why I am taking this class. I’m hoping to learn better writing skills and broaden my knowledge of writing as a whole. Upon reading through the syllabus, I noticed that this class is touching upon on topics that I’ve never given much thought about. Which is probably what I find most interesting.
After finishing the reading I seemed to get the idea that Postman was talking about how technology is advancing much too rapidly for us. We aren’t able to keep up with the new technology, whether it be writing, television, or computers, and how it affects us all. We don’t stop to ask about how these new pieces of technology with affect us in both the negative and positive. As well as seeing, how all of this will change how we view the world and the things we learn or are taught to us.
I can see where Postman was going with this. Today, the majority of us have computers or at least access to one, or carry smartphones with us all day. Yet, how many of us think about these devices and the harm they could bring? When some new piece of tech is introduced to us, we open it with welcome arms because we are told it’s going to improve our lives and make us all more efficient. However, not everyone uses these things for such noble reasons and a big chunk of the world does not even have to access to these devices. Almost everything we could ever want to know is now in our pockets, the good and the bad. As with the case of privacy right now, thanks to cameras, drones, cellphones, x- ray machines, etc, we can now be watched and recorded every second of the day, which is told is done to keep us safe. Understandably, we can afford to lose some privacy for the sake of our safety but where is the line where the invasion of privacy beings and the defense of “safety” ends? It’s something we should be discussing but the public seems to not care or just shrug it off with the “safety’ excuse. Every new piece of technology that has come changed the world in a big way and every new piece to come will continue to do so and we should become more involved with these pieces of technology because who knows how the world will be in 50 years.