Thinking about technology…

I am enjoying the class text and thinking more about what technology has done for all the different people in our world.  Most of the people that I know have lives pretty similar to mine, so I don’t normally think about how technology affects those who have a very different kind of life.  The textbook and related readings have forced me to consider whether or not technology has really been an agent for progress.  I think it has for some people, but certainly many people don’t have access to the technology that I use every day.  Does the newest cell phone technology help refugee mothers in Africa feed their children?

I think that the moral question about whether technology is “good” is difficult to ponder in our current culture.  It seems unpopular to speak in terms of right and wrong these days and people avoid appearing judgmental.  I don’t know how there can be an honest discussion about the benefits of technology without acknowledging that not everything is morally equivalent.  However, I fear that without these types of discussions there will be an “unchecked” addition of technology to our lives and consequences to be dealt with in the future.   I believe that people will continue to invent new forms of technology that have the potential to benefit the entire world, but I think it is important to have some hard discussions about our current social dynamics so that new technology can be distributed fairly.

Fun!

Wow, this is actually kind of fun!  Setting up my blog has given me an opportunity for self expression.  I liked trying out different themes to find the one that I feel suits me best.  It will be interesting to see the themes that other people pick.  I sat down just to work on this project for a few minutes and have not been able to tear myself away!  As predicted, I am figuring out how to manage my blog and it gets easier every time.

Blog experience

I have just finished setting up my blog and it wasn’t nearly as complicated as I expected!  I have known a few people who had blogs, but never had the desire to post my own thoughts publicly.  It would have been a great way to record the details of our travels during the year we lived abroad, but in my current life I can’t imagine having anything to write.

I tend to get easily frustrated while learning new computer skills as I am not always the most patient person.  However, once I get the hang of something I will use it regularly.  It will be fun to get comfortable with some new computer techniques.  I love the cool custom characters and have been trying to find one I can use here.  Nothing seems particularly relevant, so I guess I will just put one in for fun∞