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Is technology killing tradition ?
When I was young there wasn't an internet and computers took up so much space they were thought impractical . Most televisions in homes were still in black and white and cars only had A.M. radios . It wasn't until the mid seventies that we were told computers were going to be in every house and they would invade every business all over the world . Along with computers our standards of measure were going to slowly change to the metric system . Most people chuckled at this idea knowing that it took a football field of space to house a computer and a centuries old measure would not easily be replaced .
Here's the history of technology as I watched it change lives forever . We've gone from black and white t.v.'s to color no more rabbit ear or outdoor antenna's . Can anyone remember wrapping aluminum foil around the antenna and twisting and turning them to get the channel you wanted ? If you had an outdoor antenna there was a chain of family members from the t.v. to the guy outside relaying which way to turn the antenna or to stop when the channel was clear . Now there are L.C.D. , D.L.P. , C.R.T. and plasma t.v.'s even the way we receive our signal has totally changed from analog to digital . No more antenna's now you have cable , satellite or you can use your phone line .
A.M. radio is no longer used but still exists long since replaced by F.M. and F.M. stereo . And we seen the advent of eight track players to cassette to C.D.'s . Now there's satellite radio and talk of no more antenna radio broadcasting that before long we'll all have satellite or no radio .
The world wide web is a real and virtual environment alive and well and there is a computer in every home . Long gone are rotary dial phones replaced by touchtone and a cell phone has invaded every home .
So what you might say . Well here is the problem no more free t.v. but you still have to sit through commercials and soon no more free radio .
It's my belief that technology should enhance the traditional and old ways of doing things not replace them . E-mail has become so popular nobody writes a letter anymore and the Postal Service is in dire straits of being replaced forever . There is nothing more personal than a hand written hand delivered letter and no service more reliable than the U.S. Postal Service . Now schools are in the process of taking cursive writing out of their curriculum all together saying things should be typed on computer and printed . An individuals hand writing contains his very essence , all his character is projected through his writing and to lose this is a tragedy .
And one last question to pose to everyone what will happen when the computer crashes or satellites fall or God forbid the power grid goes off ? Please don't get me wrong I love technology and the internet but we need to use technology responsibly . Take cellphones for example , how many traffic accidents have been caused by people texting or talking while driving . Young people are strapped to their cellphones even at work , sorry but multi tasking doesn't work something or someone is going to suffer for this .
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