Spectacular Triumphs of Technology
Technology has been around since the beginning of time. From the ancient pyramids to building huts for Native American tribes to live, it all has been developed by someone. Centuries ago technology has been advancing beyond the general needs of people to survive (shelter, food, etc). Telescopes have been invented to look at what is beyond human capabilities to see in the sky. Matches have been developed to create fire much more easily than what once was. Mechanical clocks were created to keep a more accurate sense of time. There are grain mills for farmers to grind their grain in one common area. Computers have been developed to do calculations and, more recently, the dawn of the internet. All of these inventions, and many more I did not mention, have caused some kind of controversy in different cultures. Are we to blame the technology, or the people using it? Can we really blame the mills for attracting prostitutes or should we blame the farmers who decided to utilize the prostitutes? They gathered there for a reason - because the farmers gave them business. As technology advances, many old beliefs are being questioned. Many people, including Darwin, Marx and Einstein, all challenged religious beliefs. It made people question their beliefs because of what the new technology was able to uncover - antibiotics, airplanes, etc. The only thing certain was that technology would be the thing to stand strong. Postman points out many good areas of technology that need to be evaluated.