Tag Archives: technology

Mood: Apathetic

17 Sep

On a recent television assignment for j-school, an article surfaced which said that social media and technology are to blame for a lack of empathy among their users resulting in more self indulgence and less attention to others. Here’s a more recent version of the article.

Though the study has some merits, there are dangers with putting all of your eggs (blame) in one basket. It’s so easy to blame technology for a person’s behaviour. Not to say it’s not a factor. Go to any mall food court and you’ll see a group of teenage boys sitting in silence poking away at their smartphones. There’s no doubt they’re incapable if communicating with each other, and there’s a larger doubt that they’ll be able to communicate with partners, friends, co-workers, educators etc… in the future, but can we really blame Xbox and Twitter entirely for the disconnect? Continue reading

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Technology…Sigh…

29 Mar

I got the WordPress application for my phone and it won’t send the post to the interwebs. Funny because the post praises technology to a T, especially the synchronization of phone and computer yet it can’t sync a simple blog post.

No point in being all dramatic though. Maybe technology isn’t as advanced as I had hoped…..

What A Rip Off

22 Mar

Planned obsolescence or built-in obsolescence[1] is the process of a product becoming obsolete or non-functional after a certain period or amount of use in a way that is planned or designed by the manufacturer.[1] Planned obsolescence has potential benefits for a producer because the product fails and the consumer is under pressure to purchase again, whether from the same manufacturer (a replacement part or a newer model), or from a competitor which might also rely on planned obsolescence. [1] The purpose of planned obsolescence is to hide the real cost per use from the consumer, and charge a higher price than they would otherwise be willing to pay (or would be unwilling to spend all at once).

I don’t like it.

In university, I seriously considered going into marketing but some practices I could not wrap my head around. I know it’s important to sell products to as many consumers as possible, and I know it’s important to have those consumers come back for more, but purposefully creating products that don’t last the amount of time they’re expected to is far below the moral standards for customer retention.

Take cell phones for example. How many people have had their phone (especially smart phones) for the full three-year plan without having to replace it or get it fixed? Also keeping in mind, most cell phones have a one year warranty, that doesn’t leave much of an advantage for the consumer. Continue reading

I Kindle Get It

4 Dec

We’re all digitized. There’s no manual setting anymore, only button pushing and output getting. As Daft Punk has asserted, technology is harder, better, faster, stronger and you know what, that isn’t a bad thing.

For the sake of efficiency and accessibility, technology puts us at an advantage.

Enter Amazon’s Kindle, a digital reading device allowing you to access and store books and documents. Enter the death of the paperback novel.

I am both intrigued and bothered by the Kindle. On one hand, it revolutionizes and cheapens the way we buy books. With no physical copy of a novel, fees associated with that aspect of production are knocked off, much like buying music digitally.

By doing this and introducing the Kindle or similar technology into schools, costs of textbooks are greatly reduced. It gives users the ability to highlight and save information as well, a great tool for bookmarking.

Also you can hold up to 1,500 books on the device. Imagine what a bag full of 1,500 books would look like? Continue reading

Shaun Says: Unfriending Gets A Dislike

18 Nov

Our very first guest post! How exciting is that?

Shaun Bernstein is a fellow journalism student. He likes long drives next to a beach and has hair the colour of fire.

Enjoy!

Once upon a time, people used to have real life friends.

It’s true. You’d meet someone new at a party, exchange phone numbers, and make plans socially, maybe for dinner or a movie. Friendships would evolve into unique, complex relationships. Laughs were had, secrets were shared, roadtrips were remembered, and the best roadtrips barely remembered. And if a fight ensued, or a grudge was held, perhaps you didn’t speak for a while.

Of course, those days are long since over. Facebook has taken over whatever friendship means, or used to mean. Hellos have been replaced by pokes, and whatever was once said in a phonecall can now be chopped down to fit in a comment on a wall post. Writing a message is so much simpler than writing someone a letter. Really, when’s the last time anybody sent snail mail?
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