Today, it takes more effort to disengage from technology than to just allow it to inundate your daily life. Which is why I’m sort of confused : Why haven’t I been hearing much about the London riots? I subscribe to a dozen news updates on my iphone, check Twitter, listen to NPR on the way to and from work and, in general, do not live beneath a rock –– literally or metaphorically.
I know that our country has been sort of wrapped in this heinous stock market business. But I feel like our technological prowess tends to have a vacuum effect, where the world is sucked into one topic it can obsess over for a week or two before the next celebrity goes crazy and declares he/she has X-ray vision. There’s so much information out there, and so much of it is readily available. Concentrating on any of it for a prolonged period of time is impossible. No wonder we all have short attention spans. Consuming this data that comes from all angles is exhausting and daunting. How can I ever hope to know enough? Especially when new information is constantly surfacing?
The only viable solution I see is to implant chips in our brains to automatically upload information. That way we don’t have to worry about checking different devices or worry that we’ve missed something. Just a thought.