“Technology Changing Social Interaction”
An excerpt from Jonathan Franzens upcoming book, The Kraus Project: Essays by Karl Kraus was published by The Guardian on Friday 13 September 2013. The very long excerpt is titled “What’s wrong With the Modern World” and focuses on how modern technology is changing the way social interaction occurs, and how it’s affecting the younger generations for the worse.
Using the Apple IPhone as an example, Franzen goes on to say “”It’s hard to get through a meal with friends without somebody reaching for an iPhone to retrieve the kind of fact it used to be the brain’s responsibility to remember”. Franzen’s arguing that with the development of new technology brings along a new era where people are becoming less intelligent, by relying on technology to remember things such as a close ones birthday. I was recently in New Orleans for a bachelor party, one night we all went out to a nice restaurant for dinner. After ordering our food, I placed the menu back down onto the table and when I looked up I found that everyone was staring into their laps using their smartphone instead of socializing. I demanded the phones be put away for the remainder of the meal and we carried on with normal conversation. Kraus jokes of a day when people can’t do something as simple as everyday mathematical functions; however in today’s society I don’t see this being farfetched. I am on the fence with this theory. Whether or not this is an immediate problem, I do agree that it has the potential to become a serious dilemma in the coming decades.
The advancements in technology throughout the decades has undoubtedly schlepped along the foundation for society to accept the framework for a mindless generation. A generation influenced more by social networking in order to fill an interpretation of what the “global corporate system of control” considered “Cool”. With the invention of smartphones and the availability of them in the 21st century, giant corporations have developed, adapted, and merged, almost seamlessly intergrading themselves into your everyday life, collecting and encouraging you to share your personal information. The Data collecting goes beyond your personal interests, it dives as deep as tracking your location and locations around you, essentially spying on your every move. Franzen scowls from the thought of social media, insisting it’s nothing but a bunch of malarkey. Although I agree and disagree with what Franzen has to rant about he does make some valid points.
With technology consistently changing, people are becoming ever more reliant on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Social media networking has had an impaction on every industry from law enforcement to educational facilities and then some. According to the article in mediabistro.com titled How Social Media Is Changing The World by Shea Bennett “684,487 Pieces of content are shared on Facebook every minute” this kind of data backs up what Franzen is talking about, and how the credibility of the published content is radically unreliable. Social networking is making it easier for people to self-promote themselves on a scale never seen before; with a little bit of money you can virtually spread any type of content to millions of people instantly.
Bennett, Shea. “How Social Media Is Changing The World [INFOGRAPHIC].” – AllTwitter. Mediabistro, 25 June 2013. Web. 22 Sept. 2013.
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Bankoff, Caroline. “Jonathan Franzen Still Doesn’t Like the Internet.” Vulture. Vulture, n.d. Web. 26 Sept. 2013.