PLAYGROUNDS vs PLAYSTATIONS

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I remember those years that we didn’t have cellphones, computers, playstations and so on…

The years that we were more innocent and aware of the world “nature” we live in.

TECHNOLOGY was simplier in those years, and it was based on our real needs… Each decade gave us other forms of technology which the main purpose was communication…

The human species’ use of technology began with the conversion of natural resources into simple tools. The prehistorical discovery of the ability of control fire increased the available sources of food and the invention of the wheel helped humans in travelling in and controlling their environment. Recent technological developments, including the printing press, the telephone and the Internet, have lessened physical barriers to communication and allowed humans to interact freely on a global scale.

The late cultural critic Neil Postman distinguished tool-using societies from technological societies and, finally, what he called “technopolies,” that is, societies that are dominated by the ideology of technological and scientific progress, to the exclusion or harm of other cultural practices, values and world-views.

The implementation of technology influences the value of a society by changing expectations and realities.

The implementation of technology is also influenced by values.

1- Viewing the universe as a collection of parts, (like a machine), that can be individually analyzed and understood. This is a form of reductionism that is rare nowadays. However, the “neo-mechanistic world view” holds that nothing in the universe cannot be understood by the human intellect. Also, while all things are greater than the sum of their parts (e.g., even if we consider nothing more than the information involved in their combination), in principle, even this excess must eventually be understood by human intelligence. That is, no DIVINE or VITAL principle or essence is involved.

2- EFFICIENCY : A value, originally applied only to machines, but now applied to all aspects of society, so that each element is expected to attain a higher and higher percentage of its maximal possible performance, output, or ability.

3- SOCIAL PROGRESS: The belief that there is such a thing as social progress, and that, in the main, it is beneficent. Before the Industrial Revolution, and the subsequent explosion of technology, almost all societies believed in a cyclical theory of social movement and, indeed, of all history and the universe. This was, obviously, based on the cyclicity of the seasons, and an agricultural economy’s and society’s strong ties to that cyclicity. Since much of the world is closer to their agricultural roots, they are still much more amenable to cyclicity than progress in history.

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Technology provides an understanding, and an appreciation for the world around us.

Most modern technological processes produce unwanted byproducts in addition to the desired products, which is known as industrial waste and pollution.

While most material waste is re-used in the industrial process, many forms are released into the environment, with negative environmental side effects, such as pollution and lack of sustainability. Different social and political systems establish different balances between the value they place on additional goods versus the disvalues of waste products and pollution.

Some technologies are designed specifically with the environment in mind, but most are designed first for economic or ergonomic effects. Historically, the value of a clean environment and more efficient productive processes has been the result of an increase in the wealth of society, because once people are able to provide for their basic needs, they are able to focus on less-tangible goods such as clean air and water.

Humanity at the moment may be compared to a colony of bacteria in a Petri dish with a constant food supply: with no way to remove the wastes of their metabolism, the bacteria eventually poison themselves.

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I MISS THE DAYS WHEN CHILDREN WERE PLAYING OUTSIDE THEIR HOME, SCREAMING TO THEIR MOTHERS BEGGING FOR 10 MORE MINUTES…

I MISS THE DAYS WHEN TREES WERE TALLER THAN OUR APARTMENTS; I MISS THE TREES ACTUALLY…

I MISS CHILDRENS GAMES IN THE GARDENS INSTEAD OF PLAYSTATIONS OR COMPUTER BASED ISOLATIONS.

THE JOY OF RUNNING, WALKING AND REAL HUMAN COMMUNICATION…

I MISS UNIQUE NORMS AND VALUES THAT ALL SOCITIES HAD ONCE.

SEEING AND TALKING EACHOTHER; THE DEFINITION OF LOVE AND RESPECT.

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES…

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