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Technological improvements – change our way of thinking, way of living

Schools – how they change through time

How Technology Affect Our Life

Tecnology are as important as air for this modern times. Technology plays an

important role in our daily life, for example in food, clothing , and so on.

however, we never realise that the reliability that we depends on the

technology. Technology could brings pro ad con to us.

firstly, we could discover the effect of technology to our daily food. fast food or

instance food can be known as the best companian for those students or

working aldult who fighting for times. But the food which being process through

machine will bring a negative effect to our daily life. For example, obesity

which causes mainly from the fast food or high calories consumptions in those

processes food.

Technology is building bridges between people on opposite sides of the globe,

but it is also building ever stronger walls between neighbours. Some people are

surrounding themselves with modern technology while paying little attention to

the needs of others. Others use technology to better understand their fellow

man to overcome physical distance, establishing relationships of solidarity and

sympathy around the globe.

Whether driving a car, planting a bomb, sending a spam E-mail or signing a

contract, technology extends our realm of influence. Usually, however, it does

not extend the senses that we rely on to give us feedback about the

consequences of our actions. An unfortunate dynamic of modern technology is

that it often works through competition; many technologies benefit early

adopters at the expense of non-adopters. Ancient man must have been

satisfied when he learnt how to kill mammoths by driving them over precipices.

This seemed to offer great benefits - until everyone else adopted the

technology, driving the mammoths to extinction.

Ultimately, mankind's salvation does not lie in more or faster machines. All

technology is, in the words of the poet Thoreau, but 'improved means to an

unimproved end'.

How Technology Effects Modern America i don't know if you have this one yet.

U.S. Wage Trends

The microeconomic picture of the U.S. has changed immensely since 1973, and

the trends are proving to be consistently downward for the nation's high school

graduates and high school drop-outs. Of all the reasons given for the wage

squeeze - international competition, technology, deregulation, the decline of

unions and defense cuts - technology is probably the most critical. It has

favored the educated and the skilled, says M. B. Zuckerman, editor-in-chief of

U.S. News & World Report (7/31/95). Since 1973, wages adjusted for inflation

have declined by about a quarter for high school dropouts, by a sixth for high

school graduates, and by about 7% for those with some college education. Only

the wages of college graduates are up.

Of the fastest growing technical jobs, software engineering tops the list.

Carnegie Mellon University reports, ?recruitment of it's software engineering

students is up this year by over 20%.? All engineering jobs are paying well,

proving that highly skilled labor is what employers want! ?There is clear
evidence that the supply of workers in the [unskilled labor] categories already

exceeds the demand for their services,? says L. Mishel, Research Director of

Welfare Reform Network.

In view of these facts, I wonder if these trends are good or bad for society. ?The

danger of the information age is that while in the short run it may be cheaper

to replace workers with technology, in the long run it is potentially self-

destructive because there will not be enough purchasing power to grow the

economy,? M. B. Zuckerman. My feeling is that the trend from unskilled labor to

highly technical, skilled labor is a good one! But, political action must be taken

to ensure that this societal evolution is beneficial to all of us. ?Back in 1970, a

high school diploma could still be a ticket to the middle income bracket, a nice

car in the driveway and a house in the suburbs. Today all it gets is a clunker

parked on the street, and a dingy apartment in a low rent building,? says Time

Magazine (Jan 30, 1995 issue).

However, in 1970, our government provided our children with a free education,

allowing the vast majority of our population to earn a high school diploma. This

means that anyone, regardless of family income, could be educated to a level

that would allow them a comfortable place in the middle class. Even

restrictions upon child labor hours kept children in school, since they are not

allowed to work full time while under the age of 18. This government policy

was conducive to our economic markets, and allowed our country to prosper

from 1950 through 1970. Now, our own prosperity has moved us into a highly

technical world, that requires highly skilled labor. The natural answer to this
problem, is that the U.S. Government's education policy must keep pace with

the demands of the highly technical job market. If a middle class income of

1970 required a high school diploma, and the middle class income of 1990

requires a college diploma, then it should be as easy for the children of the 90's

to get a college diploma, as it was for the children of the 70's to get a high

school diploma. This brings me to the issue of our country's political process, in

a technologically advanced world.

Voting & Poisoned Political Process in The U.S.

The advance of mass communication is natural in a technologically advanced

society. In our country's short history, we have seen the development of the

printing press, the radio, the television, and now the Internet; all of these, able

to reach millions of people. Equally natural, is the poisoning and corruption of

these medias, to benefit a few.

From the 1950's until today, television has been the preferred media. Because

it captures the minds of most Americans, it is the preferred method of

persuasion by political figures, multinational corporate advertising, and the

upper 2% of the elite, who have an interest in controlling public opinion.

Newspapers and radio experienced this same history, but are now somewhat

obsolete in the science of changing public opinion. Though I do not suspect

television to become completely obsolete within the next 20 years, I do see the

Internet being used by the same political figures, multinational corporations,

and upper 2% elite, for the same purposes. At this time, in the Internet's young
history, it is largely unregulated, and can be accessed and changed by any

person with a computer and a modem; no license required, and no need for

millions of dollars of equipment. But, in reviewing our history, we find that

newspaper, radio and television were once unregulated too. It is easy to see

why government has such an interest in regulating the Internet these days.

Though public opinion supports regulating sexual material on the Internet, it is

just the first step in total regulation, as experienced by every other popular

mass media in our history. This is why it is imperative to educate people about

the Internet, and make it be known that any regulation of it is destructive to us,

not constructive! I have been a daily user of the Internet for 5 years (and a

daily user of BBS communications for 9 years), which makes me a senior

among us. I have seen the moves to regulate this type of communication, and

have always openly opposed it.

My feelings about technology, the Internet, and political process are simple. In

light of the history of mass communication, there is nothing we can do to

protect any media from the ?sound byte? or any other form of commercial

poisoning. But, our country's public opinion doesn't have to fall into a nose-dive

of lies and corruption, because of it! The first experience I had in a course on

Critical Thinking came when I entered college. As many good things as I have

learned in college, I found this course to be most valuable to my basic

education. I was angry that I hadn't had access to the power of critical thought

over my twelve years of basic education. Simple forms of critical thinking can

be taught as early as kindergarten. It isn't hard to teach a young person to

understand the patterns of persuasion, and be able to defend themselves

against them. Television doesn't have to be a weapon against us, used to sway

our opinions to conform to people who care about their own prosperity, not

ours. With the power of a critical thinking education, we can stop being

motivated by the sound byte and, instead we can laugh at it as a cheap

attempt to persuade us.

In conclusion, I feel that the advance of technology is a good trend for our

society; however, it must be in conjunction with advance in education so that

society is able to master and understand technology. We can be the masters of

technology, and not let it be the masters of us.

Have we become slaves of technology