Monday, September 6, 2010

The Digital Age

The first computer I had was so old that it had a monochromatic monitor.  It was running MS-DOS 2.x on 3.5" floppy disks.  Since then, we have come a long way.  Now, I have a "smart-phone" that lets me have access to all the information I want whenever I want it.  I don't even have to fetch it manually, it is sent directly to my device.  With all this technology and information available comes a high responsibility.  The advantages of all this technology don’t come without the disadvantages and accountability is something that gets often forgotten in the way.  As Postman suggests, this technology has made our world a whole different world, but we need to be well focused to avoid what is harmful as Elder Oaks suggests.  Don't just look at what is obviously harmful (pornography, piracy, etc.), but to what is harmful through the side effects.  The advantage of having a cellphone with me all the time might diminish the importance I give to the people around me.  For some, what might seem to be a necessity might be in reality a luxury.  Sometimes, the less technology is around us, the more we can interact with the people we love. But does this mean that we should get rid of all these gadgets that make us life easier? I say we just need to find the balance being careful in falling in the bad side of technology.