After our class discussions I’ve been thinking a lot about how technology changes our everyday life – especially our understanding of convenience. Whether we’re flying from A to B or nuking a vegan bean burrito, convenience becomes something we expect. Its a vital factor in our decision making and a huge selling point for any product. Everything is convenient made easier, made more intellegent – more advanced. We have the next best everything…. but are we happy?
Luis CK. jokes here on Conan (2009) that everything’s amazing but no body’s happy. We can sit in a chair and fly over the earth but all we can think about is wi-fi availability and how small the bathroom is. Its a modern miracle, but we can’t stand that it takes us 5 hours to get from California to New York (a trip that would have once taken years and possibly meant death for have your caravan). Soooo everything’s amazing..but no one’s happy.Nothings fast enough, smart enough, or convenient enough. We always want more. We want whats ‘better’ than the last thing.
This is not to say that striving towards an innovative future through the creation of better and faster technology is a negative drive, but it is undeniable that this drive has had effects on our understanding of what’s easy, what’s difficult, and what’s necessary and unnecessary. Because we can easily accomplish tasks with the push of a button, the previous alternative is perceived as more ‘difficult’ – tasks like walking up and down stairs for example is harder than taking the elevator, writing an email is ‘easier’ that writing a letter. Overall what I want to point out is that technology has a way of changing not only our perception of convenience – but that these views show themselves linguistically: Words like ‘better’ and ‘best’ for technology have a way of easily creeping into our reasoning – convincing us that one thing is ‘better’ than the last.”Google it” is used instead of any alternative. In short – we think less about the actual process of what is ‘easy’ when we rely on the language of convenience that comes with new technology.