It is crazy to think about how much technology has shaped society. Technology is not just computers and such but any method that makes something better or easier. Technology has brought about numerous great ideas and systems.
However, have you ever noticed how technology has been used to redefine the definition of the word good in the United States? For an example, in the book Power Failure Alberty Borgmann discusses the transition from making cool whip to the spray cool whip.
Real Life Example
Originally cool whip was a lengthy process that people would do with their friends or family. The ingredients were pretty good for you. Now technology has introduce a fast and easily accessible version known as cool whip. Using cool whip not only totally eliminates interaction with others, but also is way worse for you considering it is in a spray can.
Throughout the book, Borgmann’s point is not that technology is evil and should be rejected. Rather, he wants us to be informed how big of an effect it has on us. Within our culture, we now measure everything in relation to how good it is based on how convenient, fast, or easy it is. Are those the classifications you want to determine whether something is good or not?
It used to be shown through how much hard-work, team-work, nutritional value, detail, etc something possessed. I would much rather have those components than just ease. Therefore, Borgmann challenges us to not comply with the norm of selecting everything based on its accessibility and instead judge it off whether it is actually better or not.
Another way in which this could be done is family dinners. All different fast and quick-fix foods have made it all too tempting to rush through our meals to get onto our next activity. When in reality, eating meals together is one of the best forms of fellowship. The “breaking of bread” with others used to be so intimate and relational. It is sad that it has been demoted to being a hassle in our lives.