Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The Machine Stops, By Jonathan Forster - 1266 Words

Society today possesses an over-reliance on technology. Advancements in technology paved the way for the formation of new applications and forms of social media that potentially lead to the loss of the intimacy of communication and personal relationships among users. As a result of the ease of communication through technology, face-to-face interaction rarely occurs anymore. Long before technology began advancing at a rapid pace, authors used their medium of writing to comment on the dangers of relying on technology too excessively. E.M. Forster’s short story, â€Å"The Machine Stops,† written in 1909, highlights a dilemma that society’s over-reliance on technology created between virtual connectivity and face-to-face interaction. That over-reliance, perfect for the futuristic, dystopian society in â€Å"The Machine Stops,† also serves as a cautionary tale for the technological culture of today. Vashti takes comfort in all the luxuries that the Machine provides, but that comfort comes with a price. Immediately after his birth, Kuno was taken from Vashti and placed into a public nursery, seeing as the â€Å"duties of [parents] cease at birth† (Forster). In the futuristic society of â€Å"The Machine Stops,† the expectations of parents do not include actually raising their children. Not once in the short story did Vashti voice any reluctance she may have had when Kuno was taken from her. Maternal instincts would prevent any mother from allowing her child to be whisked away, but Vashti’s relianceShow MoreRelatedOne Significant Change That Has Occurred in the World Between 1900 and 2005. Explain the Impact This Change Has Made on Our Lives and Why It Is an Important Change.163893 Words   |  656 Pagesinternational migration in the 1920s heralded the retrenchment of economic liberalism into greater isolation and autarky that characterized the next two decades. And the later revival of global liberalism (after 1950 and more worldwide after 1990) did not stop the multiplication of migration controls, the proliferation of identity documents, and ever more complex laws to sift and select the optimal migrant. In this sense, neoliberalism has proved to be more â€Å"quasi† than â€Å"neo,† promoting the free movement

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