The Network

With the advent of new technologies people start to worry about the effect it will have on our lives. The video posted earlier about the baby trying to turn the page on the magazine, and failing, was a good example. Do you think this video, stating that “the tube” is gospel and an illusion, is an overreaction to the influence media has on our lives, or do you think this is a valid claim? Do you think the News always gives us the news, unbiased and true? And what does it mean when you broaden the term “tube” to include the internet? Many people will claim that the internet has made it easier for people to find “the truth.” How does it make you feel when you learn about things like SOPA and PIPA? Does this mean that we are too dependent on the internet and media?

By the way, if you haven’t seen The Network, you should watch it.

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On the Brink

This documentary functions as a look into how connectivity has evolved. From the people interviewed, there is a powerful effect of how the “network society” changes the way we carry out tasks in our daily lives than ever before. The network connects us, but is it the same as real, human intimacy?

Carr notes, “Every tool limitations even as it opens possibilities. The more we use it, the more we mold ourselves to its form and function.” (Pg 209)
The internet as a tool, offers us endless information that we want, instantly, but alters the mind blindly, eventually changing us. Who knows what will happen 10 years from now with this kind of fast technological advancements.

On the Brink from House of Radon on Vimeo.