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Technology is life January 29, 2009

Posted by saraholsen in communication, technology, writing.
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The first few days of class have been extremely eye opening. As it stands now, we are constantly surrounded by various things of technology. I think it is, in fact, safe to say that in everyday life we are never without it. We rely on it to communicate, travel, learn, and even solve our small dilemmas such as telling the time. However, I had never truly deeply considered how each technology I came into contact with differentiated from each other. Or how it truly affected me. I am often surprised when I realize just how much I rely on technology to get home for breaks and stay in touch with people all around the world, including my oldest sister who has been traveling Asia for the last several months and stayed in touch through face book. It truly makes me reconsider who I am as a person. I am being represented via computer. When people look at me on a blog or web page, they are seeing it as me. It leads me to a deep consideration of how much the term cyborg can be applied to everyday people, like myself. I also am often reminded of the reaction women have while technology is encountered during their pregnancy. Many women say it makes them sad and disconnected from their child, because it is not something they are capable of doing or knowing by themselves. Therefore, I am also curious about the disconnection that technology can build by breaking down simple intimacies.

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1. andiroo - January 30, 2009

I couldn’t agree more, technology has taken its toll on society – myself included – in ways I hadn’t considered conceivable. Last semester I found myself in a situation without a phone, and I immediately felt disconnected from everyone and everything. The term “cyborg” can definitely be loosely applied to practically everyone nowadays, as our dependence upon grows with each passing moment. However, something good did come of my ordeal – I found that instead of simply calling someone, or merely texting them, I was forced to make physical interactions with them (such as visiting them across campus, or meeting up with them somewhere). I guess it’s safe to conclude that, while we may have a great ‘need’ for these thing, such as a phone or computer, they don’t necessarily define who we are at all times – in fact, as I learned, it is very possible to live without them, just at a great cost.


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