New Media – The Tentacles Of Technology #edcmooc

New Media

Humanity in the tentacles of technology, A totally dystopian representation of a world that is on the mercy of technology, in my view. This video is quite similar to the Bendito Machine, or perhaps, can even be called a logical sequel to it, following the dystopian view-pint. While Bendito Machine depicts man’s quest for newer and better technology, New Media, perhaps, attempts to showcase the eventual outcomes of being slaves to technology. It depicts a world that is overrun by it, as the tentacles of technology threaten to grip everything in sight.

A bit exaggerated, perhaps. Our world is what WE make of it. It is all about “Agency”, really – the ability of individuals to make free choices. As in the case of every aspect of life, we do have choices. The idea is to choose responsibly. And make no mistake – everything that we do is a conscious choice. WE decide whether we want to become slaves to technology and let our lives be controlled by it. OR we can choose pro-actively and decide what aspects of technology we want to use.

Choosing responsibly also means that we can harness technology in any way that WE wish to. We can choose to use it in a way that improves the way we do things, We can choose to use it to make a difference and improve learning. We can choose to use it to spread awareness. There is ALWAYS a choice, and we can also choose not to become slaves.

To support my point, I would like to cite some excerpts from this article that appears on the Huffington Post:

The way we work just isn’t working. Perhaps nobody knows this better than Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project and author of Be Excellent At Anything, who has built his career around transforming the way we live, work and use our energy.

In our “culture of distraction,” many of us live and work with divided attention and depleted energy resources, largely thanks to the unrelenting siren song of technology and social media.

It’s no secret that 24/7 connectivity and constant digital distractions are taking a toll on our well-being — excessive reliance on technology has been shown to have detrimental effects on productivity, focus, sleep quality and mood, among other negative health impacts. So how do we use technology in a way that won’t drive us crazy? Schwartz says that taking deliberate breaks from your devices is the only answer.

“These forms of technology are as addictive as crack. Period. If you expose yourself to them continuously, they will pull you in the way a drug would –- continuously, even when you know it’s not serving you well,” he says. “If that’s the case, you’ve got to move in and out of exposing yourself to them.”

Keep technological temptations away when you find yourself getting too distracted and constantly drawn in to work emails — or as Schwartz puts it: “If you’re trying to lose weight, don’t have cupcakes in the fridge.”

And to wrap up, here is a short video that I came across on YouTube.

With that, I rest my case.