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Watching Bendito Machine III I found it a perfect representation of all my hopes and anxieties surrounding technology.  I always look admiringly at the Ipad as I read the Walter Iasscson biography. Yet, something causes me fear.  I refuse to give in and sign up for a Twitter account, I use a Nook not an ipad, and my cell phone is anything but smart.  Still like the worshippers in Bendito Machine III I find myself allured and drawn to something. I signed up for a class completely designed around the digital culture I refuse to give fully into.  Maybe it is because I enjoy having some privacy, an area of my life that is not public to anyone with a bizarre interest in the mundane aspects in my life or someone with a malicious desire to ruin my life with bad photos tweeted out to anyone who has ever met me.

 

We all love technology but it becomes disposable in moments.  As the generation first exposed to video games and the new systems that came out every proceeding year, it gets difficult to keep.  You constantly put the money out to learn the latest device.  Then you have to take the time to learn how to use it and utilize it effectively.  It becomes an obsessive fad. iPads, iPhones, mp3s, Angry Birds, Moocs, etc.  I believe technology can change the world but as Jobs-like worshippers experienced in the video as soon as they found a new idol of technology it was already past its prime.  These technologies receive no time to be fully experienced or explored.  Instead they are dumped on us, as literally depicted in the video or how the television idol could not sit still for more than a moment.  It quickly switched from useless topics of selling cars to beauty pageants to commercials to children with guns to war imagery.  You cannot pin down something moving that fast. Instead we will always be playing catch up with the technology.

 

Again, this does not mean that technology is just that it has to be explored.  Someone needs to be brave enough to take a step back and examine the situation.  At the end of the video after the Internet collapsed and crushed its users you notice one sole survivor escaping the turmoil to move away.  Instead of thinking he is running away I like to think that he just needed space and was not giving up on it altogether.  Only with room to breathe can we look at it objectively and determine its worth.

 

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