Reading Response 4 – Montana

In the speech Informing Ourselves to Death given by Neil Postman, Postman states some very clear problems surrounding the growth of technology and how it affects society as a whole. In many ways, I agree with what is being said, mainly how today we (as a whole), making a generalization, are more naive than society in the middle ages.

In “today’s” society, information is basically being shoved down our throats no matter where “we” go, whether it be what the weather is, which celebrity’s birthday it is, what war is happening, gas prices, etc. “We” are flooded with information, and for the most part, society just accepts things as how they are. Without thinking a second of it, as they are more preoccupied with personal matters. And in a way, this is why what Postman was stating about society being more naive, is because society is more selective to what kind of information someone wants to hear. This being that, unless it effects a person personally, everything else is just a murmur. I like to believe that people use information as a practical tool, but not as a learning method. What I mean is that, there is a whole data base on the internet about teaching people about learning other languages, but if a certain person does not “need” to know another language, then they immediate opt out of the idea.

However, that being said, I do agree to the fact that society just believes information that is given to them. An example of this is the use of the phrase “here let me Google it”. Search engines allow people to gather “any” kind of information like a virtual library, and therefore, we don’t really question what kind of results we are getting, especially when someone has now clue of the topic they are searching. It’s almost this idea of learned helplessness; where there are cases where some people don’t think for themselves. Whatever is on Google must be true. This arguably, is due to the amount of information that can be easily accessed. Kinda like the weather, arguably, when someone is checking for the weather, they will immediately check Google before checking outside.

Mainly what I believe, which is what has already been said about technology many times in the past, is this lose of reality and humanity. Like I said before, people would probably check their phones for the weather instead of looking at the actual environment. Almost like the GPS, though it helps us to not get lost, getting lost is how people discovered interesting places. Tangent aside, the overwhelming involvement of technology and computers has created a more cold society, where no one really wants to interact with strangers unless it’s on the internet. That being, like relationships, many are created over Facebook, Tinder etc. I believe that in the future, we will lose “how we first met stories”. When kids ask their parents how they met, “through tinder” or “online”. The means of interactions has almost become obsolete.

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