15 years of progress

Do you feel more complete after “15 years of progress?”

Since it’s Friday – I figured I’d share this cartoon that I saw the other day entitled “This is Progress” (i.e., 15 Years of Progress.)

Like it or not – it’s true for the most part. And makes you wonder where all of this technological “progress” is taking us, has made our lives better (and I mean by better – not “more entertained” or “connected” – but rather more whole as humans), or hurting the population in general.

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“Progress” happening too fast for “generations” to grasp

It’s been written before, that the “benefits” that all this technology progress affords humans, is actually a dual-edged sword.

Sure, kids these days are “iPhone experts” and have become accustomed to “ease and convenience” of the digital all-access “instant” world we now live in.

Not too long ago, technological “change” happened at a much slower pace. Take music for instance. We went from live performances, to the grooved “album” records, to reel-to-reel, 8-track, cassette, compact disc, mp3, and finally now “streaming cloud” music. But the earlier “technologies” took at least a whole generation or more to change. And quite often, co-existed with one another. People had time to truly understand what it was, and what it did. It wasn’t always “the latest and greatest,” at least not on the breakneck pace these days. Where the new obsoletes the old sometimes within the same calendar year.

Nowadays, the “old” technology gets discarded as a whole, and essentially ends up in the trash heap. Remember days where you actually had to purchase and listen to the whole record, rather than 30 second samples and the “choice” to buy only the ones you wanted? People actually gave every track on a record a chance, at least.

I believe that not allowing something to “settle in,” so to say – that the change almost becomes more important than “what it is.” Take a look at this video – where kids were shown a portable cassette player (i.e., a “Walkman.”) They were stupified by the “old” technology. Cute and funny as it may be, it also scares me a bit. What downsides do our future generations have in store?

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