Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Tue 1st Sep 2009 01:11 UTC
Internet & Networking While browsing the ever-wider world web today, I came across a story about IBM's patent of a sort of "Facebook Remote Control." It was appalling. Do we seriously need more single-purpose devices that will enable us to sit around more wasting more time than we already do? Does anyone really need to seclude themselves from the world even more to publish their lives on yet another teen-infested network? Must we really always be connected to the net? Read on for my ramble concerning a dark side of technology.
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Very Nice Article
by dbolgheroni on Tue 1st Sep 2009 13:10 UTC
dbolgheroni
Member since:
2007-01-18

Although not OS related, it's a nice article. And the author are not against technology as some guys here seems to think.

It pretty much reflects our society. You have to consume content, even if this "content" is simply crap. Consume, consume, consume. And this is a new era! (!) Today everybody produces content, just because there are a lot of people who will consume this content, no matter if it's just shit.

I didn't think about these things before Twitter. This article just reflects almost all I think about it. And it seems to answer the question author points: "Must we really always be connected to the net?".

http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/08/17/why-i-dont-use-twitter/

And yes, I'm not fat. Nice article indeed.

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RE: Very Nice Article
by Fergy on Tue 1st Sep 2009 13:46 in reply to "Very Nice Article"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

You don't have to consume the crappy content and you don't have to consume consume consume. You don't have to watch tv, radio or any other medium. We have never had this much content to choose from. Most people choose the content and products that you(and I) call crappy. But it is their choice and you can choose to watch something else.

To the question: "Must we really always be connected to the net?"
Why not? You don't ask if you should use another technology all day. Why make the exception with internet?

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RE[2]: Very Nice Article
by dbolgheroni on Tue 1st Sep 2009 14:01 in reply to "RE: Very Nice Article"
dbolgheroni Member since:
2007-01-18

You don't ask if you should use another technology all day. Why make the exception with internet?


Of course I do. I ask myself everyday why we need all these things around. As l3v1 said, "too much of (whatever) is never good".

Some people seems to think they need a car to go to a supermarket just meters away. This is more common than you think. And, for these people, this is a necessity, this is essential. Do you think you need the technology "car" for this? Maybe if you're too lazy or too fat.

In a world where in a lot of places you live just to consume, we all have to think if we need all these things they put up in market everyday.

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RE: Very Nice Article
by weildish on Tue 1st Sep 2009 18:03 in reply to "Very Nice Article"
weildish Member since:
2008-12-06

THANK YOU!

I could buy you a pin that says "Has a Head on His Shoulders."

I am the author in question (I always have to explain this-- my comment name is different than my posting name). Consider this more a clarifying amendment to the article rather than a comment, I suppose:

I've read some of the comments, and people seem to think I'm avidly against technology. Not true. I embrace it. You might consider me an addict to some of it. Why else would I be at OSNews? I utilize Facebook myself ("Hypocrite!" a handful of you are now dying to comment. Hold your horses before trying to pick out any little loophole I missed, please). This article is not to say that all technology is bad. In fact, most of it I think is progress and can help people in general.

I specifically mentioned that I believe that it's usually not technology that causes the issues-- it's the way people decide to use the technology that is provided. I also specifically pointed out that I don't think all technology is bad. But perhaps I ought to clarify seeing as how most of my article would make one think that I hate technology: technology is amazing. It helps lives, whether we're "just like everyone else" or whether we are literally incapable of some things (such as the handicapped girl mentioned in a previous comment). It saves lives, it helps lives, and it helps communities and businesses and all other sorts of organizations. It's truly amazing. However, the main point of this article was not to praise technology's many pluses but to say that there can be too much of anything, even if it's a good thing, and technology seems a chief problem of having too much in the 21st century. There can be too much time spent with technology, there can be too much money spent on it, there can be too much entertainment, and yes, there can be too much work. That's what I'm trying to say.

I'm not against entertainment, I'm not against using technology for fun (I used to play video games a lot when I was younger, and I still use technology to have "fun" quite a bit even still). I use Facebook often to communicate with my friends and colleagues and also to advertise for a website I'm launching. I use email a great deal of the day. I'm connected to the net probably 50-80% of the time I'm not asleep depending on the day. There are times when I find myself wasting my time and energy on pointless things to do with technology, too. It's a problem with most people today, and it affects me, too. Please stop taking what I say to extremes. But asking that in a comment thread at a website where a bunch of nerds such as myself conglomerate is like asking water to not go through the holes in a strainer. Alas.

Well, there you have it. Clarification that wouldn't be needed if the reader wouldn't take my opinion on one matter and blow it up in his or her mind to have it apply to everything. Again, this is only a view on how technology can be abused, not how great it is (and it's really great-- I love it; I just hate how it can ruin and degrade lives, also). Now I will take the advice of a vehement commenter before me and stop prophesying. Enjoy picking the loopholes that you do out of this as well.

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