How is humanity being depreciated?
“By treating these inanimate objects-machines-as causal agents, we divert attention from the human (especially socioeconomically and political) relations…” Leo Marx, pg. 557
Technology has changed daily life. Think about it; You’re reading my article on an internet website via a screen. The most overlooked part about all technology is how fast it is developing. 10 years ago, augmented reality was only in movies, now it’s on the marketplace. It’s scary to imagine what technological advances are next, mainly because we’ve only tapped a small portion of it’s capabilities. I am writing this to prove humanity is decreasing with the over-usage of technology in our daily lives.
“The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.” -Andrew Brown
The subject’s identity is shown vibrantly through this image. He is balancing two electronic screens and wearing noise canceling headphones. His face is only half shown to illustrate that half of his attention is on the technology in front of him. He’s not only using technology, but he is controlled by it. If I were to ask him a question, he wouldn’t know what was going on. He is taken away from reality and lives in the world of the screen in front of him.
“Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.” -Aldous Huxley
This image is becoming a common situation. Relax on the couch, put on the tv, and then browse into the vastness of a cell phone until bedtime. He appears to be laid back and unworried about any responsibility he has.
“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” -Albert Einstein
My sister has a 2 year old, which gives me first hand experience on how demanding kids are. One of the easiest ways to stop these curtain-climbers is to put on the TV. It’s an easy, but harmful, solution. Having children watch tv instead of playing outside or learning dilutes humanity.
“You affect the world by what you browse.” -Tim Berners-Lee
The internet is designed to play off the consumer’s interests. For example, if a college girl searches for clothes on jcrew.com, an ad will pop up on a different website she visits. It’s legal stocking done by a machine.
“Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.” -Mitchell Kapor
With the touch off a finger, you can access the ENTIRE stock market- and that’s just one app on the iPhone.
Humanity is being dominated by advancing technology, and each individual is promoting it. Each individual in the photos above is supporting the over-usage of technology which is ultimately causing the depreciation of humanity.