Feb 4, 2010 Comments Off
On group A- opening statement: Group A brings up a good point in that technology isn’t just limited to America. It is easy to forget that iPhones aren’t limited to one country. As a result, technology helps other countries reduce hunger and advance medicine.
On group B- opening statement: I agree in that technology is, in a sense, dumbing us down. Technology has made life easier, so the amount of skill required to do something is no longer as large as it once was. Meeting someone new is now just as easy as sending a friend request.
On Group A: Group A brings up an excellent point with regard to physical material. Although group A asserts that intelligence is now regarded as more important than material goods, group A points out that this is not simply because we don’t need material goods. Instead, our society is characterized by a shift in the material goods from a physical manifestation to a digital manifestation. It’s a great point and I agree that we still need those material goods. Our technology, however, has made access to these goods much easier. This is what characterizes today’s society. In a way, material goods are not inferior but instead are not worried about as much due to the ease of access to those materials.
On Group B: Group B brings up an excellent point in that most of our scientific and technological research goes in national defense. This s ironic in a society that is supposedly characterized by technology inside everyone’s home. If most of our research goes into military weapons, is brute force really inferior to pure knowledge? It’s a difficult situation because knowledge is being used to make these weapons. I’m not sure if this point helps the argument because sophisticated weaponry cannot exist without human knowledge as its driving force.