Williams

"What is interesting throughout is that a number of complex and related fields, these systems of mobility and transfer in production and communication, whether in mechanical and electric transport, or in telegraphy, photography, motion pictures, radio and television, were at once incentives and responses within a phase of general social transformation."
William's statement is one that is interesting. I definitely think that it is an important and true statement. I think that it can be applied to many new technological developments that have occurred recently. For example the iphone is a new development. Yes, everything on it may not be necessary but it is a product that apple developed because it has features on it that are beneficial to the time right now and how consumers are living their lives. Another example would be high definition television. If movies and films are being made in high definition it only seems proper that high definition televisions be made in order for us to see everything in its proper quality.
In ways I do think that we have been in some sort of social transformation. The internet is a good example others would be DVD, digital cameras etc. Our social transformation must be the faster pace to which we live and how we expect to have our resources or be able to access our resources from anywhere. Laptops allow us to carry our computers anywhere, travel drives allow us to save and carry our work, access to the internet it almost everywhere. Whether or not this is healthy or positive for us a humans I am not sure. I have benefited from new technology such as the ipod.
Despite the fact that we have been in an age of social transformation, I do think that in ways we have gotten to the point where the technology is not necessarily needed but being produced for profit. In no way and I trying to imply that this was not the agenda of many in the past, however what are the big steps that we have taken in new technology that has greatly affected the consumer in a way which he/she has become less lazy and less dependent on technology?
One of the downsides to new technology in general is that it places emphasis on becoming dependent on a product. Introducing new technology in to your life creates dependence and a need for the newest product on the market. The radio was crucial to mass information being relayed to the public; the television became an outlet to provide pictures and much more. I think that the HDTV example relates to this a lot. It is an advancement that movies can be shot in high definition however when the only TV's is sold in electronic stores are flat screen and HD bumping up the price to something ridiculous- in my opinion is forcing new technology on a consumer. Maybe it is cynical for me to look at the establishment of the agenda of making the most profit off of consumers at this point, but I think questions of how new technology is affecting our society is crucial.
We have spoken a lot in class about whether new technology is right for us as humans and who is in control, the human or computer. These questions I feel should be set in relation to what Williams in insisting. Some technology does not or did not need to be experimented with.

I agree with you that the creation of new technology places a new dependence on it. My favorite exanple is that as simple as a caluculator, which completely created something that made math so much easier, but it also means that no one knows how to do long division anymore, when once knowing basic math skills was copmletely necessary to success in life.