Technology fuels blind conformity
Minimizes independent decision making by providing out-of-the-box solutions.
The most difficult task is to teach people to think.
“I can’t teach anyone anything. I can only make them think” Socrates.
The Socratic Method is effective in helping students find the answers for themselves.
John Stuart Mill “On Liberty” says ‘the value of a State is the value of its citizens; if you limit their capabilities, creativity and innovation disappear’. Warns of blind conformity.
Machines are replacing people’s jobs everywhere; our bodies and minds were not made to function without purpose, and we will disappear like many lost tribes of old.
Individuality is part of our creativity and diversity, and is rarely included among the qualities of human well-being.
The wide availability of the web, smartphones, television, and social media promotes emotions, but dulls our intelligence to discern moral choices and judgment from the lava flow of information.
We see or read images and ideas on our screens, but how many of us take the trouble to verify the information presented? Is it a fact or is it false?
The vast majority of viewers or readers take what they find on the web as gospel.
Anyone with good or bad intentions can post their opinions.
Popular culture and advertising encourage uniformity of choice for buyers, voters, elections, donations, opinions.
People, without verifying the data or trials behind the claims being made, see a new drug advertised and pester their doctors to prescribe it.
We must check everything we see and hear and not accept anything at face value.
In an age of image and data manipulation, we can no longer believe our eyes and ears.
Despite Googles of information and knowledge available at their fingertips or YouTube, young people leave home for work and college without common sense or street smarts.
They follow their friends’ choices without evaluating the possible long-term consequences.
But all the discoveries in medicine, science and exploration would not have happened if someone hadn’t kept asking why? and why not?
Despite the number of times they’ve heard “we’ve never done that” and “that’s worked since time began,” they said “We can do it.”
Children learn and develop by asking endless questions. If they are kept isolated, they remain children in thought.
Television is wonderful entertainment, but it distorts the world with stereotypes and prejudices that influence our thinking if we don’t double-check their sources.
Imagine the culture shock for a shack tribesman seeing the lavish homes of Hollywood stars for the first time on a small phone.
Unlike social media, television remains a one-way communication for a passive audience, such as a congregation listening to church sermons, with no opportunity for interaction.
But interactive television arrives.
Mass communication homogenizes and repackages culture into clean packages so that we don’t need to think and evaluate what we see. We get hooked on meaningless entertainment.
The movie industry produces blockbuster movies that shape the tastes of the audience.
The plots are eerily similar: Rocky I, II, III. The Batman movies follow familiar themes. Old westerns, romantic comedies, and current sitcoms are examples.
We choose to turn off our brains by watching them. Viewers become passive and demand more.
The constant use of social networks is the new arena of gossip that shapes opinions.
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