Response to ‘Five Things We Need to Know About Technological Change’, By Neil Postman

In this article by Neil Postman, he identifies five aspects or impacts that we need to know about technolgical change. Below is one example I contributed on the USQ Studydesk forum relating to Postman’s first point – #1 Technology is always a trade-off – meaning that there is always a price to pay for technological advancement. Think about ‘Remote-control Garage Doors’ – The pressing of a button in your car as you approach your garage, so that that your roll-a-door or gate automatically opens is a great convenience and very safe, but it has also contributed to the demsie of relationships with neighbours. People can come and go from their property with little or no contact or conversation with their neighbours. This is impacting the sense of community and belonging that people have within their living community in a negative way. Some people can share a fence for years without knowing their neighbours names, or anything about them. Thus, the neighbourhood community culture has changed, partly due to this ‘remote control’ technology.

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