Personal Cost of Convenience

As modern technology continues to advance at extraordinary speeds, society is continually moving towards a time when we will be unable to go without our gadgets.  Andrew Keen of CNN believes that technology is turning into a Frankenstein’s monster of sorts.  The idea is that once technology become so powerful and ingrained in the everyday workings of life, it will be impossible to remove it.

While what Keen says is true, his interpretation of this “problem” can be viewed quite differently. While people are getting all worked up constantly over privacy concerns as social networking sites and smart phones are more and more a part of our life, there is a possibility to change how we handle things. 

As The Joker in the Dark Knight said, “You know what I’ve noticed? Nobody panics when things go ‘according to plan.’ Even if the plan is horrifying!” Just think about how much can be changed if websites and companies are up front with how users information is going to be exploited, it makes it all “ok.” If the plan up front is to use information for advertising and making money, people are willing to go alone with it.

Nobody panics when things go “according to plan.”

The fact that people are becoming lazier by the day and constantly relying on technology just shows that it does not really matter what the cost of it is. We will give anything necessary to have access to constant information at our fingertips, even if it means less privacy and more targeted advertisement. However, how bad is this actually? The productivity advancements that can be found using modern technology is amazingly helpful and lends itself to making our complicated lives just a little bit simpler.

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