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In this segment of  Fresh Air, Terry Gross interviews Matt Ritchel, a tech journalist for The New York Times. He talks about something that many people has been seem to be ignoring, at least on a mainstream level: is technology ALWAYS a good thing?  The answer he gives seem to be, maybe not. I like the food analogy he made with technology where some technology is like brussels sprouts and is good for us, but other technology is like a twinkie, and if you eat/use it too much it will probably effect you adversely. I find it more peculiar when he says, “some technology has great nutritional value.”

Richtel seems to posit that we need to be cautious and shouldn’t accept technology blindly, despite the convinces it gives us in everyday life.

Because the research pertaining to this particular field is in such an embryonic stage, we cannot draw sweeping conclusions about our iphones and the interwebs. It seems though that we need to balance our desire to be plugged in, and our NEED to  be  day dream, our NEED to think without constant distraction.

If we don’t we might just end up like the humans in Wall-E, floating around in a hover chair that caters to our every whim.



Written by lollingvagabond

September 27, 2010 at 3:42 am

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  1. But unlike the humans in Wall-E, we won’t get a happy ending, planting a garden on garbage that supposedly solves all their problems. (I dislike that movie.) I really liked this interview because of how careful Richtel is with these technological hypotheses. And I agree, we have to balance our need with our desire, through all facets of our lives, but especially with technology, as it can be incredibly addictive. Also, I like that you wrote “our need to be day dream” – very poetic 🙂


    October 7, 2010 at 11:16 pm

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