Saturday, 14 September 2013

Post 2: Videos



1) When technology is too much.


     This video is structured around three main narrative voices and a character illustrating what the voice-over says while a singer often merely/simply repeats what's just been said.
The setting is a Christian home and church, so this particular context is particularly meaningful.
We can notice on various occasions that the main character is addicted to high-tech products, mostly smartphones. 
He is shown as a family man unable to interact/communicatewith his wife, except through texting.
He is also shown as a church-goer incapable of attending worship without all his phones vibrating all the time, making him look like he's full of the holy spirit.
Finally, he is depicted/described as a computer geek/guru whose life has become extremely complicated instead of being simplified.


    Basically, this video means that high technology has become a religion for many people, even Christians who are not supposed to be materialistic.
Then, in a Christian lifestyle, quite a few church-goers and believers tend to focus more on materialistic issues than on spiritual ones.
We can add that technology reigns supreme for many people who revere it as a God enlightening his followers.
The question is , is this real progress for humankind?

2) When technology is...missing!


    Two people are sruck on an escalator in a place that seems literally empty/deserted. The man looks annoyed/upset. He might be an office worker walking to his job. The woman claims that she's already late, so for her this is the last straw (that breaks the camel's back).
At one point, she's about to cry and asks for a phone, and yells/screams for help.
In short, the two of them look helpless/clueless/powerless/hopeless.


    We can relate this situation to a fairly common one in real life: getting stuck on an elevator.
The difference is, however, that in this situation, people have a right to feel panicky/freak out/panic.
Whereas on an escalator, there is no reason whatsoever/at all to panic/be scared.
 The video points out the increasing dependance/reliance of human beings on technology.
If it goes missing, it is as if a crutch had been taken away, so these two people cannot even climb/walk up the escalator, which would be the normal thing to do.
We could also think that technological progress makes humans lazy or at least less prone to/inclined to take initaiatives/make efforts/think by themselves.

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