Why does everyone lament over the increasing use and interaction we have with technology? It’s not like it hasn’t ALWAYS been like that. Everywhere I look I hear about how the increasing use of technology, especially the internet and its various incarnations, is dumbing down the populace. BULL! Where? Who is it affecting? Certainly not me, And as far as I’ve seen not anyone else. And the worst mud-slinging occurs whenever anyone brings up video games. “They rot the brain!” “They promote violence!” “They decrease social interaction, they make people anti social!” No. All of these are just simply wrong. Video games make people think. They increase Hand-Eye coordination exponentially; they even promote the exact same reflexes, coordination and brain development as playing an instrument-something that many refer to as a step towards being a “well rounded” individual. How many times have you been asked to go over to a friends house and play video games?
Let me put this a different way. The ancient Greeks, Romans, etc, all used to memorize epic poems, retelling the stories (true or other wise) of ancient heroes and their deeds, trials, and tribulations. Notice…I said memorize. Then, a few milllenia later, all of those were transcribed into books with the invention of text. Soon thereafter, that skill, that trait so integral to humans for thousands of years was lost. Lost, never to be seen again. How many people do you know that could memorize the entire oddysey flawlessly and recite it to you at any time (usually around a camp fire, or at least when the power goes out.)? When the train was invented it was initally hailed as a failure, and invention that was destined to lead humanity to its doom; the same was also true for the automoblile when it made its debut.
But, look at us now. For one, we’re still here, many people-even as early as the sixties-said that we may not even be able to either keep up with the constant changes in technology, or even just advance ourselves into oblivion. Now, think about how the world would be if we never allowed ourselves to advance technologically. I’m not talking about what would happen if the computer was never created, or what would happen if facebook or youtube or myspace never occured-what would the world be like if there were NEVER any technological advances.
What if we stayed in the stone age-or not even just in the stone age. What would happen if the advances just stopped one day. For one, sickness, plague, and disease would be rampant. There wouldn’t be a cure for anything. Polio, Small Pox, even things so benign as the simple common cold would be lethal. Here’s another aspect that ot many people consider. War. Today, many soldiers lives are saved by being able to send in various drones and robots in place of real people.
As technology advances, so too do we. Today we may not have the same flowery elegant writing style that we, as a society, had a few centuries ago, or even maybe the same amount of patience. But we also gain something as well. We gain knowledge, we gain increased interaction, we gain intelligence. There is nothing gained without something being lost. If that is the case then I welcome a future filled with technology. I look to embrace it with open arms, even if I must lose some small shred of patience or a second of my attention span.
Lemme make this clear: the term “Swag” is not to be taken lightly. It is not something that one can just sprinkle into a converstaion or even use with any sort of regularity. It is something special that can only be used in the most rarest of occasions when someone is dressed or has done something so amazingly unbelievable that no other words can aptly describe it. And even then you should stop and think to yourself… is this really the right situation?