Back in June I wrote about being without the Internet for a while while on vacation and how it gave me time to think...
For the past few days I've been without Internet service and TV because of a line problem where I live, and I again had the time to think about things, especially how much we depend on technology to exist.
I can access the Internet through my iPhone so I wasn't totally cut off, but I missed out on some TV I wanted to watch (Little League World Series especially!) and I couldn't sync my iPhone to add the new cd's I bought. Very frustrating because my only way to listen to music is through my iPhone!
Soon I'll be going to a new private school that's tech based, and also green with it's reduced use of paper, but what happens when the system's down? My Dad told me there's backup plans for everything, but anyone who's been typing a report or doing homework on their computer and then lost it to a crash or power outage knows how much that sucks when it happens.
Technology is amazing, but you're up a highly undesirable creek if you need it and it's not there. One thing I love about being a Boy Scout is when we do campouts and there's no cell phones, GPS, or other high tech things to help us you really see what you're capable of using just our brains, the best computer ever made! There's a big difference in having to build a fire to cook your food instead of just turning on a stove, but somehow dinner made over a fire tastes better? Going back to nature reminds you of how lucky you are, but I think it also make me realize just how much we are slave to our own inventions.
I love the things technology can do, but I think it's way to easy to take it for granted. I have a guitar amp that can replicate the sounds of many other amps with simple adjustments, and I can make some amazing combinations, but sometimes I just want the simplicity of picking up my acoustic guitar and making it sing.
Because of my physical challenges I rely more on technology more than I'd like to. Because I've lost some of my vocal range on top of having a speech impediment I prefer to communicate by text messages, which makes my life so much easier, but dammit I'd love to be able to pick up a phone and talk with my boyfriend for hours on end! Text messages say what you want to express but the don't have the individual mark that makes us all so unique. Nothing can replace a hand written note, but I have to use technology as a welcome crutch to make my life easier.
Low tech or high tech?
The choice isn't always yours.