Technology is great. I love it. I wouldn’t have a job without technology. Just the word technology… is cool. It implies that which is cutting edge, hip, trendy, etc. It seems like it has indeed revolutionized the way we communicate with one another, but we should remember that not all revolutions are good (see: The Spanish Civil War). Twitter allows us to insantly know what all of our friends are doing. Facebook lets us see everything there is to know about a person – provided that that person spends 50% of their time living and the remaining 50% reporting on how they went about doing this living. iPhones allow us to do this constantly without needing a computer nearby.
It seems to me that the very ease with which we can communicate has trivialized the act of communication. This is going to make me sound old (remember that I am 23 years of age), but back when mail or courier was the only means of communication, messages were much more meaningful. Don’t believe me? Read Jane Eyre, Hard Times, or any Thomas Hardy novel – pretty much any Victorian drama. There are so many soliloquies in these novels where characters reflect on what others have said and form thoughts before making a response. Can you imagine Elizabeth Bennet texting Mr. Darcy?
“liek omg u r SUCH a dooork!!! goerge is soooo much cooler then uuu. omgwtfbbqbyob!!!”
It would result in a 6-page book filled with mostly random characters that have somehow been assigned meaning (I despise the bastardization of the English language, but more on that later). Here’s my point:
If you say a word, any word, enough times it starts to lose its meaning (I think someone discovered this while stoned, but it still holds true when sober). To a lesser extent but on a larger scale I think that this is what has begun happening to the human race. We talk a lot, but barely say anything. I know what you’re doing, but you haven’t taken the time to tell me why you’re doing it. I can’t hug you because there aren’t two characters on my keyboard with which I could represent that. Here’s a heart though: <3. It could also be a two-scoop ice cream cone. Oh, innovation.
Remember, just because technology says you can, doesn’t mean you should.