Technically speaking… [FPQ #6]

This week’s provocative question came up when I read an article that talked about how the extent that Russia used social media to influence the 2016 presidential election in the United States and the Brexit vote in Great Britain was more extensive than what was originally thought and that such disinformation and misinformation on social media sites continues almost unabated to this day.

With that in mind, here’s this week’s provocative question.

“Is technological advancement a net positive or a net negative?”

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I am wavering on this week’s question, which is what makes it so provocative, I suppose.

On the one hand, technology has done amazingly wonderful things for the world. We’re able to grow more food, educate more people, cure more diseases, prevent more deaths in childbirth, respond faster in emergencies, etc. And we continue to advance exponentially in so many areas of science and medicine and engineering.

On the other hand, we’re as shitty toward our fellow humans, animals, and the planet we all live on as we’ve ever been. And now we can use technology to facilitate our terribleness. Instead of simply mocking some poor soul in a school hallway, we use social media to torment him 24/7 until he commits suicide. Sick people upload vids of themselves torturing animals for the amusement of other sickos around the world. And we all have so many gadgets and chargers and crap filling our lives, and we must have the latest versions, tossing the previous ones into the ever-expanding trash heap covering our earth and oceans.

Blech! 🤮

I haven’t even touched the part about our elections and the Rooskies and the hot new cold war and how our life spans are declining from sitting on our asses texting all day and how Spectrum has the goddamn nerve to increase my price yet again after my price increase last year when they switched me to “high speed” for people who game on multiple TV’s when I’m just a single person who doesn’t game on any device and singles are always being financially penalized for multi-person households who hog all the resources and pollute up the planet but at least Edison sends me a report card every month saying good job which is worth fuck all but hey.

What was this poast about again? Oh. It’s from Fandango. We hate Trump! Hells to the yeah! What do I win? 😂

13 responses to “Technically speaking… [FPQ #6]

  1. You win the approval of all people who think that too much tech is not good! 😄

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  2. Technology has allowed me to blog, and to read the amazing blogs of others like you and Fandago, so I guess I’m ok with it (I also think the Orange Cheeto in Chief has to go…soon…soon…)

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  3. Where WOULD we be without all this great technology? Where COULD we be without all this awful technology? That is the question. Hmm. That actually is the question!

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  4. A great topic for debate. The easy answer is that there is good AND bad in such technological progress. The personal answer is that I use it for more good than bad. I don’t think my usage is negative in any way. However, I do think that others use it in a more negative way.

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    • Good answer! For me personally, since I gave up Facebook and dating sites, I also feel my usage is a net positive. Before that, no.

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    • But also, we do enable the negativity indirectly even if we stay pleasant in our interactions if we do nothing to stop the bad guys. They know they can get away with evil because good people will scroll right past, thinking not to “feed the trolls,” and they’ll keep bullying without consequences. I don’t know what the answer is to that. I actually am in favor of the elimination of anonymous accounts altogether ~ one person, one name everywhere online, no exceptions.

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  5. As with everything else: Balance. I love that tech has given me interesting work over the years, and now makes it so easy to quickly stay in touch with overseas friends and family. But I have no respect for people who rely on a little talking map for their daily commute to and from work. You should have that route memorized after 3 days and let your subconscious handle navigation so your mind can wander like it’s supposed to.

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    • I love the GPS! That’s a huge benefit for people like me with a terrible sense of direction. Thanks for the reminder ~ wish I’d put it in my poast. But again, I mostly have it off. I use it for driving into LA once a month or so, nightmare gahhh.

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