Hey guys! So my name is Folayemi Akinbolaji, Fola for short. I was born in New York City but my parents are from Nigeria so that is also my home. I have three sisters and we are all very much different. I’m considered the smart one in the family but I love English, fashion, and biology. I attended Midwood High School in Brooklyn where I was in the humanities program. I was a part of the cheerleading team, Key Club and a member of the prom committee. Ultimately, my end goal is to become a pediatrician someday. As for why I am taking this class, this is different from the realm of science and math courses I’ve taken and I’m intrigued by how much there will be to learn in this course. I’m looking forward to it as well. Looking at the syllabus, I know this course won’t be easy but I am definitely up for the challenge as I have my work cut out for me.
In the first chapter The Judgment of Thamus, Postman is depicting how two men come to disagree upon the invention of writing. Theuth the inventor, claimed that writing would be a great accomplishment for the Egyptians while Thamus the king thought otherwise as he believed the ability of writing will only recollect history therefore, Egyptians would fail to utilize their memories.
Both men are sticking to their opinion and that’s okay because all technology comes with affordances and constraints. Today, writing is a major tool when it comes to an education and because that is so, textbooks have become a technology that people use to refer back to history. People no longer have knowledge of history from their minds but from books. Technology is most certainly not just digital but it is anything used to complete an action. Writing is a technological tool in order for people to act on reading. Postman takes it upon himself to remind his readers that, “it is not always clear, at least in the early stages of a technology’s intrusion into a culture, who will gain most by it and who will lose most.” For instance, take the wristwatch: a technological tool used to tell time while attached to a person’s arm. The advancement of the wristwatch made it easier for people to tell time without the use of the sun but as mobile devices came about, wristwatches were no longer useful. Not all people rely on their phone for the time but not all people rely on their wristwatch as well to tell time either. So what Postman is making a point to say is that the emergences of technology and its usefulness depends on the people. Not everyone will like or hate a tool that arises. I’ll admit that I only use my wristwatch for fashion purposes and I use my cell phone to check the time. Everyone can agree to disagree when it comes to technological tools and so can Theuth the inventor and Thamus the king.