Rebecca Solnits "The Disembodyment Of Everyday Life"

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Since the Industrial revolution began, technology has been changing at a fast pace. People of the 21st century now rely on technology to stay connected to the world of today. Technology is now used from everything to going to the supermarket to buy groceries, to washing dishes for you. In Rebecca Solnit's, "The Disembodiment of Everyday Life" she talks about how mankind has given up walking and doing things by hand, for technology.Technology can change our sense of common purpose. For millions of years, mankind has been used to doing everything for themselves. For a long time peoples' main concerns were survival. To survive means to go out into the woods or ...view middle of the document...

When a person from modern society goes into a supermarket and buys a pound of fish, he or she doesn't even think of the process that went into the arrival of that piece of fish. He or she didn't need to go to a lake, all that was needed was to drive to your local supermarket and buy it. No fishing or hunting was necessary. As in Solnit's exert mankind is losing its perception of doing everyday chores by hand more rapidly everyday. Humans are losing their sense of common purpose. Humans are getting lazy. Almost everything must be done for them in advance. However, sometimes this change in lifestyle is forced upon humans. When a company decides to buy robots to do the job that man once did, then the human is forced into either getting fired or watching the machine all day long. Hopefully humans will not get used to watching a robot do all the work for them. Technology has definitely changed the lifestyle and common purpose of many humans. Finally, technology we take for granted such as the automobile can have a negative "domino chain effect" on society. The automobile must have been one of the greatest inventions in the last 100 years. It has helped the United States to grow in ways never imaginable before. It allowed people to move out of highly congested cities and move into more peaceful neighborhoods. Yet it also let people feel as if they were still a short drive away from the city. However, the negative effects of the automobile were not thought of in those days. Now it is clear of what negative affects the automobile has on society.

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