I met E.T
Let’s be real here. The newspaper is old news and a largely ignored communication medium. As it decays on your front porch, within it’s contents holds a undiscovered article discussing how aliens have now taken over the earth and are disguised to look exactly like us. Well, now this begs the question, what does E.T and communication have in common?
And the answer is: I have absolutely no idea at the moment. Now, what I CAN tell you is that as humans we are natural born storytellers, and the technology we have available to us today isn’t necessarily putting our children at a dangerous risk for addiction, but rather an aid to help us share our stories. Which is why I’m proposing that, although often viewed in a dimly pessimistic lighting, Internet technology is actually improving the way we communicate. Let’s call this the black mirror theory.
And if it wasn’t obvious, I lied about the newspaper article mentioned above. And no. This article isn’t about me actually meeting an extra-terrestrial. That was just clickbait.
“The anthropologists got it wrong when they named our species Homo sapiens (‘wise man’). In any case it’s an arrogant and bigheaded thing to say, wisdom being one of our least evident features. In reality, we are Pan narrans, the storytelling chimpanzee.”
While I agree with this quote from Terry Pratchett, I do think we are more than just “storytelling apes,” we are now storytelling apes with cell phones.
You can’t avoid it.
I mean, you probably could if you were in a movie like Castaway, getting paid millions of dollars; to live on a deserted island struggling to survive without any way to communicate using technology. I’m looking at you Tom Hanks. But, for the sake of this article, it is ever changing in the world we reside in; a must has in order to converse and participate in life, it is a NECESSITY. No, I didn’t accidentally hit the caps lock, that was like that on purpose. It’s important.
I believe it was George Lucas who said “the technology keeps moving forward, which makes it easier for the artists to tell their stories and paint the pictures they want.”
Now, I know what you’re probably not thinking: what’s a millennial, a participate in the generation famous for technology addiction, doing telling me that the Internet is a good thing?
Well, let me answer that question you did not ask. As a young member of this society, I can’t help but to think how Internet technology has benefited us as the authors of our story. And no, I don’t mean we are all actually writing a biography that we will pass down to grandkids who will most likely put it in the yard sale for two dollars. I’m saying no matter what technology looks like, the human imperative to tell stories will always be central to the way we communicate and learn.
We learn from the stories told to us. Imagine you as a child, in your onesie with a superhero themed blanket draped on top of your head and a flashlight clenched in your tiny hand reading The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. Those stories you read as a kid were meant to have a message to take away and learn from. Maybe for The Cat in the Hat, it’s not to let strange talking man-sized cat into your home while your parents are way.
Whatever the case may be, I think we can all agree that it’s ingrained into our brains to learn and communicate through narratives. All I’m saying is that technology is just an aid that helped us evolve from the drawings on a cave.
And now I conclude this article. *Throws up peace sign and says my deuces*
But, I mean, c’mon guys, if aliens exist do you really think they would evolve the same as we do? With a head, body, arms, and legs? Discuss in the comments below.