Ode to Technology, hmm…

Technology

The internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had. Eric Schmidt

Let me start with the invention of the internet, it’s quite amazing you have to admit. It has many uses – stay in touch with people  you love,   online banking (a little scary),  I know they have safety measures in place, but I used to work for a bank and I know too much – ’nuff said.  You can also blog and reach out to folks while watching Bill Maher. Well as it is with everything there’s the light and the dark. You can also waste a lot time on the internet, I’ming on Facebook, watching porn, play online games, research nonsensical factoids that nobody cares about and hide away from the world because you have everything at your finger tips. Internet is like a lot of things in life, it’s a tool. Internet is pretty good for fact checking if you have some discernment. Like quotes for instance – many people have misquoted an original quote from the bible 1 Timothy 6:10 money is the root of all evil. It does not say that, if you fact check it in an actual bible or on the…. internet it says ‘For the love of money is the root of all evil. See how this tool can be useful.

Moving to our handy-dandy smart phones. I was excited to get an iPhone because I wanted to be able to take pictures while on my hikes without a cumbersome camera weighing on my neck. I like to post the pics on Facebook or send them to my friends.    Texting in general irritates me – it leaves a lot of room for misinterpretation and misunderstanding.  I’ll take a phone call over a text any day.

I have a confession in regards to emails. When the internet first came into being I was dead set against it because I thought it would take away the intimacy of a phone call or a face to face meeting. You see I was a card sender and letter writer. I loved stationery. The romantic notion of receiving or sending a letter is deeply entrenched in my genes; however the over abundance of communication outlets has caught me in its web, because I am a hyper communicator, which can get incredibly exhausting.  It’s time for me to get back to my roots and send cards to those I care for. I truly love finding the perfect card for someone.

If we live miles away from one another Skype is a good option – right, then we can see each others faces. Obviously it would be better to have face to face time with those we love rather than sit on a computer and interact. So what if we have to deal with a little mishegas, it’s the spice of life.

On to online software. Obviously I would not be able to communicate with you if WordPress or the internet did not exist. Having said that let’s look at the flip side of the same coin. There’s an app called Night Sky. It’s free on the iTunes store. It’s pretty cool. You can see all of the constellations right above your head, which is amazing.  Thing is you can also see all of the satellites hovering right outside of the earth’s atmosphere. There is a ton of metal floating around our planet. I am overwhelmed by the thoughts that run through my mind when I see this on my phone.   All of this technology is great for the economy to be sure, but what happens when servers go down and they do go down. Everything comes to a screeching halt. Not trying to be a Debbie downer  just say’n – these are things to think about. Can we do anything about it – maybe. When things do go down, it reminds of us being together in real-time and disconnect for just a little while. Most folks just get incredibly stressed out.

In summation with a neat little bow – keep it simple and true, use tools like the internet to build a better planet, think of the long-term and short effects on ourselves and others. We are not on this planet alone. Let’s recycle electronics (you can get credit for them ya, know), if we don’t need an upgrade don’t get one – Apple is not going out of business.  I do love that store though – I get high every time I walk in. I digress. Use time wisely even if we are shut ins – step away and enjoy the outdoors whenever possible. Oh, think again about bringing smart phones to dinner with friends or a date then start texting people or answering emails.

I am sure I could say a lot more, but I’ll save it for another time.  Here’s a YouTube video by Prince Ea. Worth the watch.

Ciao for now,

VL

 

 

 

 


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