Technology and Human beings


This article is very interesting. Written in the wake of the VTech incident, the writer cautions us against rushing to to either blame or promote technology overly much (video games or better technological methods of communicating).

To quote - "As a culture, we are very bad at thinking about technology. We look to it either as something to fear or as a panacea for the flaws of the human condition. Technology is neither. It is merely an extension of our own wills and capabilities."

I think this relates back to our readings about how we view computers and technology in context with ourselves and our interactions with it. He warns against projecting fears on to technology and reminds us that we are the sentient beings and responsible for our use of technology.

I think that in looking back and comparing this to the aftermath of the Columbine shootings, there has been less speculation regarding the causal effects of violent video games and the behavior of the shooter, and more focus on the background and personality of the shooter himself (someone possibly in need of psychological help).However, there has been a lot of finger pointing in the direction of the VTech administration and people have repeatedly highlighted ways in which technological innovations could have helped prevent or lessen the number of lives lost. However, the writer of the article says there was no way to know that the shooter would continue on his rampage after the disagreement in the residential halls.

What this article makes me consider is that perhaps amidst this sort of talk, it's important to keep in mind that what happened comes down to the decisions of an individual. And there should be attention paid to what could have been done to keep him from coming to the sort of decision that led to his bloody actions, instead of just what technology can achieve should anyone feel the urge to act this way again.