When reading Postman's ideas concerning technology, I could not help but disagree with his view that technology, whether visible or invisible is tearing our culture and society apart. I recently read a book by Thomas Friedman called The World is Flat.
The main concept is that through technology our world is becoming more and more acessable to anyone, whether you are a large corporation in downtown Chicago, or a small business owner located down the street from me. Our society is run by technology, it is not something we should be scared of, but something we can utilize. Though new technologies may change things such as business practice, it forces one to change and adapt.
The world wide web, or internet is one of the main driving forces behinde our technopoly- meaning that as a society, we rely on technology. With the internet, a tax attorney in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, is now connected directly to India. This may not seem relevent at first glance, however, it is generating more work and more profit for many attornies. WIth communication, and the ability to send information digitally, now the attorney in Minnesota can take on more clients because He/She can now send work to India and have people working on it while he is sleeping, and then have the work ready on his desk the next morning. This totally changes what was previously the model or program of a typical tax attorney. This overall concept is becoming better known as globalizaiton.
Though controversial, I believe that through globalization, which is increasingly causing different countries, societies, companies, and people to rely on each other, we are advancing productivity and making life easier and more affordable. Globalization is happening, and the only way it is able to happen is through technology. To sum everything up; technology runs our society- which in turn is leveling off the playing field for the world as a whole and creating more opportunities for everyone to get involved at any scale.