“Everything’s Amazing and Nobody’s Happy”

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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?

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8m5d0_everything-is-amazing-and-nobody-i_fun

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.

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2 thoughts on ““Everything’s Amazing and Nobody’s Happy”

  1. Wow! This is all so true. The point about the ability to fly across the country in a matter of hours is freaking incredible, but it’s also a feature of everyday life so it loses its value over time. Instead of being grateful about having that option, the pull is to keep asking for more and better. But what if there isn’t any ‘better’ that we will finally be satisfied with in the end?

    I remember reading something a few years ago saying that you could buy a computer from Wal-Mart for $300 that is more powerful than the machines they used to get us on the moon. When I read that I was so floored and humbled to be alive in a time where this is all possible. Similarly, with the emergence of Google Glass taking final form this past week, I figured more people would be totally Wow’d and it is like we just expect innovations like this to fall into our hands.

  2. You make a good point in your post. I think the reason why we always want what is faster and better is because that is what we are used to. Immediate gratification is a way of life now. And with some many corporations and companies wanting our attention and money, they want to make sure are happy all the time or else there is nothing in it for them. The more convenient something is, the more like we are to use that product especially we are easily distracted today. If something takes too long or is too difficult, we immediately just think that it is not worth our time and trouble.

    Also, everything is relative. We have come to expect convenience from everything because that is what we are used to. In a way we are very spoiled. but if for a year we did have have this immediate gratification, we would not come to expect but instead appreciate it and be grateful for it.

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