My computer ate my homework

Ryan Garner

If you can Google your way through a college course, the system is failing you.

I’d like to consider myself a cog in a giant faceless machine of technology.

In the Internet world, there are people that create art; create information, and there are those that consume it. The vast majority of people using social media are consumers, re-posters, trend followers etc.

However, in order for there to be a giant network of social media, there must always be a fount-source of creativity, whether it be through news, arts, music, what have you.

With recent technological advancements such as smart phones, (and I use that term only because it is the recognized standard – for I find the concept of surrendering all will to the machine to be contrary to the most ideal form of civilization we could attempt to create. If you don’t believe me, take it from Arnold in “T-2: Judgment Day”.

“The Skynet Funding Bill is passed. The system goes on-line Aug. 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug. Skynet fights back.”

If we can’t take a second to see that HR 658, the unmanned homeland aerial defense bill, is leading us into the belly of the beast, then I’m sorry to say, but we’re being naive. It may not happen the way the Arnold depicted it, but please don’t be placated by Angry Birds all the way to Armageddon.

Tech pro: (Concession to follow) This dark web of communication is well-accomplished thanks to devices like web-cams for Skyping, Facebook; for chatting, messaging and the famous Wall, and last but not least, the infamous ‘tweet’, which has crushed the concept of being descriptive, in favor of a lifeless, terse, convenient form of brevity.

The ADD. kids aren’t complaining about it though, and for goodness sake, I’m pretty sure my entire generation proudly admits that they’re all ADD now like it’s some kind of “cool thing” to claim.

Thank social “trends” for that.

Half the time, it’s an intangible and barely measurable self-diagnosis. We are a product of a sick culture that has poisoned us into believing that we are worthless and can’t think for ourselves; can’t form our own coherent thoughts, and supposedly “can’t concentrate long enough” to not be socially awkward in real-life interactions.

I will spare any attempts at identifying any cons.

The reason technology seems so flawlessly wonderful is that all of the cons are neatly ignored and so intangible that it will take this generation another decade before we even realize that we’ve completely lost touch with one another.

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