Media Culture & Criticism
Deification of Technology
The term technology may have many different meanings to different persons and it can be used to describe many different things and ideas. We can speak about technology when the very first human beings realised that a regular stone can be used as a tool, that it can be sharpened and shaped, it can be piled up to build walls and houses. Round pieces of wood could be used as wheels and wheels can be used to help move cars etc.
What I mean when I use the term technology in this essay is modern technology – from telephones and computers to stem-cell research and cloning. Currently we are living literally in the ...view middle of the document...
Are we making technology our new god and at what point, if not already, will technology take over our lives? In the early years of mankind our planet was dominated by animals, so we created tools and technology to become dominant over the animals and now will these tools start to become dominant over us?
Are we Slaves of Technology?
Neil Postman divides our culture in his book Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology into three different parts: tool-using, technocracy and technopoly. According to Postman, all three cultures exist, although the first one is fading away. In the tool-using culture tools were used to help man in his daily tasks, but man had god, and all daily activities were inspired from god. Since theology was the controlling ideology in society, but tools did not yet attack the society, but were rather integrated into it, then technology served man who served his god and there was no problem.
In the Technocracy culture tools started play a bigger role, in this culture the most important part was the development of tools and techniques, but this did not yet start to create the society where people are dependant on tools and technology. The changes and modifications that happened or were forced to happen because of man’s use of technology were considered just as small side effects. Postman brings out one very important tool that started to change things more dramatically – the telescope. According to him, telescope proved that our earth was not the center of the universe and this started the downfall of god’s role in our life. Which in turn lead to the questioning of morals, beliefs and habits. In the technocracy period tools began attacking and changing the culture.
In technopoly the culture is overtaken by technology and starts to deify it. According to Postman human judgment and contributions do not matter that much any more, instead we blindly start to believe in technology. We expect technology to solve all our problems and we trust technology’s actions, interpretations and judgment over our fellow human being’s one.
I can both agree and disagree with Neil Postman’s ideas. Technology has become deified to a certain extent, but I do not believe that technology single handedly can become our god or destroy our morality, integrity and beliefs. There are more humanly reasons behind the rise of technology.
Progress is something that is happening everywhere and all the time. It seems that progress has become synonymous with technological advancements and breakthroughs. Human race has always felt the need to aim higher, even if every single person is not as ambitious or talented as some, it does not really matter. One genius with great ambition and talent can make a change that changes the whole world, especially if we think of technology and science. There are many inventors and geniuses who have created or discovered something just because of the joy of inventing something and from the thirst of knowledge,...