For as long as humans have lived on this planet, they always tried to better themselves. This often comes in the form of new technology and machines. Ever since cave men have lived, they tried to find and make new tools and weapons which would help them hunt, grow and basically survive in the harsh nature. As we step up in the evolutionary latter you can see that human inventions became more complex. Humans developed mathematics, science and most important the written language. In the Middle Ages technology allowed humans to build the greatest ships, of that time, which allowed for the exploration of out planet, and the discovery of the "New World", America. As you move along the time line, you see how this country, in particular, changed in the nineteenth century to a manufacturing nation. This was once again caused by further technological advances in the mechanical fields.
Moving along the time line, when the computers were invented they made it possible for many things to be archived which were never thought of being possible, such as the moon and solar system exploration, just to name few. However, as we became more technologically advanced, we end up having more problems than before such technology was available. Technology, which is meant to be the cure or answer for all human problems, economical or social, does nothing but invent more problems which need solving.
As humans get more technologically advanced, we end up hurting all of the humanity that is not on the same technological level. "All professions are conspiracies against common folkÃ¢ÂÂ¦ physicians, lawyers, teachers, and scientists protect their status by creating vocabularies that are incomprehensible to the general public.(Postman 486). Not everyone can be at the top, having all of these wonderful careers because who would you have to do all of the dirty manual work. I don't want to say everyone, but generally a majority of humans at one time or another has received a letter from an insurance company, a bank or any other form of large scale organization which they were unable to understand due to the fact of the words that were used. "Technology tends to favor some groups of people and harm the others". (Postman 487).
Technology always ends up solving the problems at hand, however it invents more problems in the long run. Take the printing press for example. "Guttenberg thought his invention would advance the course of the Holy Roman See, whereas in fact it turned out to bring revolution which destroyed the monopoly of the church." (Postman 488) The press allowed all sort of books to be printed in mass quantities. Not only was the bible being printed now for every one to have one of their own but so were the anti-religious books. You can dig more with a backhoe than with a shovel. Simple idea, you do more damage with a bigger thing. More books meant more anti-god ideas.
Humans think that technology is so great that it will solve all of their problems. Put a problem into a computer and it will give you the answer. However in reality this is not completely true. A computer is a machine which stores information, so in reality it can only give information back but it can't make decisions for you. All that we have done is "dovecoted all of out energies and intelligence to inventing machinery that does nothing but increase the supply of information."(Postman 492 ). By doing so we end up having more questions about the original problem, since there is more information about it. It's a never-ending circle of inquiry which for as long as we have more information coming to us, it will never end.
"Today we stand at the brink of becoming two societies, one largely white and plugged in and the other black and unplugged."(Gates 500) Computers and the internet was supposed to allow equal accessibility to Whites, Blacks, and Hispanic. However this is not so at all. "Among families earning $15,000 to $35,000 annually, more than 33 percent of Whites own computers, compared with only 19 percent of African-Americans-a gap that has widened 64 percent over the past five years despite declining computer prices."(Gates 500) Such numbers might attribute to further segregation of human races in this country.
The overall idea of internet being equal for all is a great concept, however, just like the musical industry in the beginning, it has a significant problems. The content of it was not targeted equally to all the races, "Few African-Americans have been compelled to sign on to a medium that offers little to interest them."(Gates 500) The technology which was meant to bring two races together seams to do just the opposite and widens the gap between the White and Black Americans.
TV is a yet another technological invention whose, due to capitalism, purpose was changed to make the most profit possible. When the TV was invented it was supposed to help make people equal. It would give the same information to everyone, and just like the internet it would destroy any gap between human inequalities. However TV is not used for the same purpose as it was in the past. Now there are far more channels which are for entertainment than for education. "Television set has attained the rank of a legal necessityÃ¢ÂÂ¦ became an inevitable and ordinary part of daily life."(Winn 258) . It became necessity just like food, shelter and now TV. If your do not own a TV set in your house you are thought of being almost a poor person since you do not have all the necessities of life. TV has destroyed the sense of what a family is. "Mealtime rituals, going-to-bed rituals, illness rituals, holiday rituals, how many of these have survived the inroads of the television set?" (Winn 261) In the present time everything at home is done in front of the TV. Most of the time, it is also done by individuals by themselves meaning, that everyone in the house might be doing the same thing, such as watching a movie, but alone, by themselves in front of his or hers own TV set. It's the same story with little children when they go to sleep. How often these days do kids watch cartoons on TV before going to sleep. Their mothers do not read them bedtime stories; they rather turn the TV on and let the kid watch Aladdin. "They don't seem to know how to talk to their own children at any length." ( Winn 263) Illiteracy is the biggest problem facing this nation. "A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both."(Kozol 190) Sixty million people in this country are illiterate. Although they live in the country they have nothing to say about what happens here. These people do not live free lives; they are more resembled to slaves than free people. They do not vote, because they do not know how, they only do what other people tell them to do. "You do not chooseÃ¢ÂÂ¦ You take your wishes from somebody else."(Kozol 194 ) "They can't move up. They can't move out."(Kozol 194) Although they are able to get a driving license they do not travel further than what they know since they can not read street signs or maps. They have to rely on family members or any other type of people to tell them the truth about what they ask them. These people are like prisoners.
Technology is a great tool in theory. However when it comes down to practical day to day reality, it's impossible because we are all different. It's a great little tool, for scientists especially, to store and calculate their research. However with this new data they will have a chance to do more research to prove their theories. The internet was supposed to bring all the races to the same level, but as it turned out there is also internet segregation happening where the African-Americans hesitate to take advantage of it. TV was supposed to bring the family together, but it ended up destroying our idea of what family is supposed to be. Technology, which is meant to be the cure or answer for all human problems, economic or social, does nothing but invent more problems which need to be solved.