Slaves to technology
We are slaves to technology. Today, technology or its multitude of components move at the speed of lightning, being updated, revised, and expanded upon.
Technological change is constant. Because our world is made up of many mass consumer societies, there is an economic thrill to produce because there is money involved and the means to make more money.
Our age is different than previous epochs and eras. Today, we have bypassed and surpassed the "technological threshold" and are on a technological merry-go-around of more, better, exciting, different uses, more functions, little steps, no doubt to make us keep buying.
There hardly seems enough time to enjoy say a mobile, an ipad or an electronic tablet before we are bombarded by many others on the market. They are just versions of the original types with just more features and functions. It’s a technological race, but we keep buying.
Technological know-how is developing so fast that there is no time to catch one's breath, it is part of the new consumer culture of buying. It's not technology anymore, but sets of technologies and with that there are divisions, and sub-divisions and technological paraphernalia.
In the old days this was not the case at all, or it was but we hadn't realized it. Because it was crucial developments, providing the launch pad for what is happening now.
Maybe it was because society was still at a relatively early stage of development with the pace being much slower and perhaps easier to fathom.
Then inventions took longer to develop as they were still in the initial stage, and even prior to the initial embryonic stage. The thinking process, trial and error, the mechanisms that had to be created. They were still in their infancy.
And once developed, decades and even hundreds of years passed before such primitive technologies could move on the next stage, it was simply a process that had to grow. You could say society was being developed brick-by brick.
This was the crucial building process. The earlier stages were crucial for today's launch pads. The processes of technologies were developed, all that was left, in say early 20th century was to build upon earlier periods and continues the production of goods, mass goods, consumer durables and neat instruments.
As a result today instead of being satisfied with one thing, we need to be satisfied with whole collections of different things. Instead of having one mobile, we need to have two or three at the same time with the urge to keep changing.
Similarly computers, three or four being branded about the house, and we want more and more, like television sets, CD machines and so on.
Technology has become easier and made it easier to obtain a paradigm of whole stuff that we don't really need but it's easier to own, posses and relish.
Our age seems to be too good to miss through technology frivolous though, is what we have become!