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Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein" The Cautionary Tale Of The Monster Who Killed Morality: The Tale Of Frankenstein And The Technology Of Today

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Because science fiction often prophesizes reality, Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein" can serve as a warning for all humanity. What appears to be science fiction is essentially science in action. This tale represents and almost foreshadows the romantic disillusionment society has in regards to technology and the conflict between scientific creation and nature. This film skillfully offers a warning - be aware of unintended consequences of scientific advances.Technology is a fortunate thing. It has made human life longer, easier, more productive and to some degree even more meaningful but "because of its lengthy, intimate and inevitable relationship with culture, technology does not invite a close examination of its own consequences" (Postman, Technopoly, 1). This theory is an underlying truth about scientific advancements. Because our culture is so concerned with becoming faster, ...view middle of the document...

Now, our technologies supersede humanity. Science writer Joel Garreau in a talk regarding the speed of technological advancement stated that "the amount of change we experienced in the last 20 years will be compressed into eight, and the amount of change over the past 50 years will collapse into the next 14"(Coon, Journey, 237). The use and advancement of technology has shifted from a production and need based foundation to knowledge and want based platform. People are no longer seeking out technologies that can assist them in everyday life but technologies that can in essence, live for them. We are not experimenting and creating with conventional tools but ways to create life, generate human qualities and ultimately reach a goal of immortality. This unrestrained development of technology has the ability to diminish the fundamental sources of our humanity and therefore create a culture without a moral foundation. This can undermine what makes life truly worth living.Is technology principally a nuisance to human life and well-being, or is it chiefly an advantage? Have we surpassed the point where technology only serves as function to a point of playing God? None of us want scientific progress to halt or even slow down, but can we recognize and acknowledge the costs and the unintended consequences? What does it mean to improve the progression human life and as we move ahead? Is the length of life more important than the quality of life? Who is God and who is the monster now?This cautionary tale, in which the monster kills morality, can be seen as a word of warning for our culture not to go too far before we create something that we cannot control and that society will not accept.References:Coon, Denis. Psychology: A Journey. Thomson Learning: Belmont CA. 2002.Grasmick, Harold G.; Hagan, John; Blackwell, Brenda Sims; Arneklev, Bruce. SocialForces; 9/1/1996.Postman, Neil. Technopoly. Vintage Books: New York, 1992Unknown. In Search of What Makes Us Humans. Smithsonian Institute, June2004Retrieved from http://www.mnh.si.edu/anthro/humanorigins/, November 8th, 2005.

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