I am a resister of technology. Not so much the technology itself, but what it represents. I understand that businesses and churches must use the latest technology because it’s the only way to reach the people. A necessary evil, so to speak. However, in my personal life, I choose to keep my involvement in new technology to a minimum. I know the takeover of our lives by new technology cannot be stopped, especially for younger people. I know that I cannot make a noticeable dent in that process. Yet, I will eschew.
We are entering an age where our lives are becoming dependent on devices and software. As in the days when the masses were illiterate, we have little knowledge and control over those devices. We can give a child a book, and fully know what it contains. When we give a child an electronic device, we cannot know what may be hidden. Neither do we know who our deepest personal information is being funneled to. If we lived in a world driven by honesty and morality, we could be confident that motives were pure. However, we do not live in such a world. We live in a world of predators. Blindly placing our faith in our devices and their programmers is very foolish.
And there is the manipulation. All our devices are designed to quickly become obsolete. We are expected to constantly upgrade our devices and internet services in order to accommodate the ever increasing flood of ads, banners, pop-ups, spyware, and click bait. Even browsers and operating systems now nag us with ads. And today's programs are grossly inefficient. NASA flew men to the moon using computers with 2k of RAM and 32k of storage. Our computers have a million times that capacity, and struggle to run basic operating systems and browsers. I believe there is a conspiricy, if you will, to force us to store all our information on their servers rather than our own devices. That is the final step to complete control over us. Where is the resistance? Do people not realize what is happening? This is the “frog in the kettle” syndrome at its finest.
I do want to say that technology is not inherently bad. Every new technology gets it start because it is something that is helpful and good. There is a place for new technology and ideas. But in nearly every case, especially these days, it begins to be exploited and evolves into a means of controlling our lives. Skills are lost and our dependency on government is increased.
My main reason for writing this is to connect with like-minded individuals. Surely there are some. If you don’t agree with me, I will not judge you. I will not engage in arguments or try to change your mind. I just want you to respect my concerns. In my searches for those who may be attempting to resist the onslaught, I find only articles about how to “deal with” or "handle" resisters, or people apologizing for their anti-technology thoughts.
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