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Our Blog and Control

When I first heard that our class would be starting a blog at the beginning of the year, it seemed that some of the class along with myself were skeptical about how useful or rewarding it would be.  I had never been part of an informal blog and I really didn’t understand the purpose of it all.  Even after looking through a number of other blogs to get a feel for them, I felt that they lacked real creativity and purpose.  However, as the semester wore on and we got our first batch of blog posts, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of them.  Now, looking back through all the posts we’ve had this year, I realized that we’ve covered so many different aspects of technology and we’ve displayed some part of their essence.  Each post is not standing alone, but instead it is somehow connected to the rest through the intricate web of information.  Any strain of information you find interesting in on one post can be followed up by similar info in another post.  Needless to say I was very impressed about what we had done with the blog.  Looking back though I also

noticed something else; so many of the posts, including mine, had something to do with control. To name a few, three posts dealing with Privacy, College ACB and Simple Miscommunications seemed to center on this idea of control.  One dealt with not being able to control our privacy, the next about not being able to control what is said about us and finally not even being able to control what we write out in a text.  I then began to think about technology and control and it started to make sense.  Technology can make us feel connected to the world in ways that very few other things can.  However, it also has the ability to have control over us when we dont truly understand its function and purpose.  After reading about so many different types of technology and how people feel about them on this blog it seems that opinions about technology actually revolve about how much control we can have over them.  In a boiled down version, we like technology we can control and we don’t like technology that we can’t control.  Unfortunately, as technology becomes more advanced and more useful, it seems that we are also losing control and that idea appears worrisome to many people.

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