Does technology seduce then enslave you … or vice versa?
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August 7, 2008 at 8:46 am
Tunku, technology frightens me. I stay away from new gadgets and only use them out of necessity – and the, it enslaves me.But I cling on to only a few, like mobile phone and the internet. I can do without modern household gadgets.
August 8, 2008 at 5:57 am
Technology works in two ways, they either seduce you or they scare you.
However, I think the rate of tech. seduction and enslaving is larger than it intimidates the human. I think it is a natural attraction to the human as we are designed to improvise things, yet we might deteriorate others in a certain ways. I guess it’s just a humanly need to want to make life easier with technology though tech. could sometimes be a disaster. The human have a new belief in tech. 😉 I am one of the one seduced and is enslaved by technology. heh…
August 11, 2008 at 5:01 am
Kak Teh – Technology can be frightening. For many years I didn’t use a mobile phone. Now I have one but I feel enslaved to it. Computers however are seducing. They’re quite addictive. The best household gadget I have is the rice cooker!
Melly – You’re so right. Technology is supposed to make our life easier. But often it does enslave and also seduce. I think we’re both in that speed boat to I don’t know where … perhaps more high tech stuff! 🙂
August 11, 2008 at 7:06 am
It so does not, but I think the handphone and Internet are the best inventions of the last century. Now someone should invent human gills for easy diving…
August 11, 2008 at 7:09 am
Ditto for the GPS navigator.
(I threw away the pretty ricecooker I brought from Malaysia – it burnt half the bottom every time. Shocking, huh?) I love food processors, too.
August 11, 2008 at 12:58 pm
Things and people seduce first, and then enslave.
They can enslave even if not in our possession..enslave in our minds…torment us , distract us,make us lose our focus on more important things?
August 12, 2008 at 7:26 pm
Although I hardly use the cell phone when I am at home, it becomes an absolute necessity when I am on the road or on holiday somewhere. I have become dependant on my GPS too because it has taken off the stress of studying maps while I am driving. Of course, I cannot do without the internet.
Checking out new gadgets and appliances are always on the agenda when I go to those huge electronic stores. 🙂 I don’t necessarily buy them, though, because I don’t see a need for some when the good old stuff at home still works.
August 13, 2008 at 9:46 am
Argus – I reckon one of the best inventions is still the humble book. I love browsing in electronic shops but I dislike gadgets … weird huh? A great invention would be a timer that locks me out of my computer after a set number of hours! 🙂
Just Me – Things are very much like people, but without the consciousness. There are more important things to do than messing around with gadgets. Simple contemplation or just a plain old walk thru the neighbourhood’s pretty cool.
JT – Ah, I see you love those electronic stores too. I wonder what we used to do before the days of all these “must have” gadgets. We just got on with it. I reckon things happened at a slower pace too. Leaving more time for? Contemplation! 🙂
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