All Restaurants Are Taco Bell (language)
Posted by Robyn Gotch
Ok, so I was so tired tonight – hard day at work. To relax, I grabbed my Ipad, pressed the icon for Netflix and started watching the first fun, sci-fi movie that I saw: Demolition Man (1993). The movie had not gone very far when I realized the number of references to elements that are in our Turkle readings.
When I think of the “reduction in meaning” that is referenced by Turkle, I think of a lack of intimacy and even a dehumanizing factor that occurs when using technology. This movie was absolutely packed full of references to just this. Here are a few:
- The dispatcher answers a call and says something like: “911 – if you would like to speak to a recording, press 1 now”. DAMN!
- People die and the squad room is shocked, sort of. Moments later when a conveyance is located through technology, everyone is elated and cheers. The deaths are all but forgotten.
- The Compu-Chat program takes on a human personality and is deferred to as such. Even to go so far as to have an upset individual go to the computer for guidance.
- The human police officers utilize a computer to walk them, step-by-step, through a narrative in order to act human.
- The only person (Simon Phoenix), who can master technology can control it. All others are helpless.
Here we have a movie going on 20 years old that is addressing issues that concern us today. Of course, I am not saying that all restaurants will one day be Taco Bell, but I am saying that to a degree, we are all concerned with technology dehumanizing us.
About Robyn GotchAfter many years of quilting, sewing and long-arm quilting for myself, I felt it was time to offer these same services to the public. You will find that because I am a quilter myself, your projects will be treated with the same care and respect that I do my own.
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