Essays by ng13ng
Technology and ProgressApril 4th, 2016
Without technology, the modern world would not exist. Much of what defines society today has been the result of recent technological innovations, many of which have become an integral part of the daily lives of global citizens in this day and age. Progression from one historical period to the next has historically been driven by changes in technology, thus making technology a necessary force in the evolution of society. While the necessity of technology is undeniable, its influence is often a subject of great controversy. The effects of technology are far from universally positive, and the residual impact of new technologies often extends far beyond their respective merits. Technology has always created new opportunities for the modernization of the world and those who live in it. Without technology, the world would have never left the stone ages or stopped "being" flat. Advances in technology enabled world views to adapt to new information and discoveries. New technologies like the telescope and the microscope introduced an entirely new kind of existence. The telescope was necessary to move past the days of looking up at the sky without any context, and it enabled astronomers to enlighten the world of our planetary existence in a heliocentric solar system. Scientific advancements like the microscope and antibiotics made it possible to increase lifespans and survival capabilities. Without modern medicine, there would not even be a modern world. Without technology, individuals would be completely at the mercy of their environment. Technology is necessary for a life despite the environment, one that operates intentionally rather than effectually. Without Thomas Edison, the world would still shut off at night. Technology provides the foundation for the necessities that separate the developed from the undeveloped world.
Visual CommunicationApril 4th, 2016
Communication is a very complicated process that can take many forms and be used in many ways. Language is what most often comes to mind when we talk about communication, but its prominence as a tool is undermined by its limitations. It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and this may even be an understatement. When one wishes to share or explain an idea, the use of images is often the most holistic way to approach said communication. Images provide more sensory information that language alone, which creates a more effective and memorable message. This becomes especially important when communicating with large groups, as the process of communication relies heavily on the receiver of the communication. Although the communicator is responsible for relaying the message, what is communicated heavily depends on the receiver's interpretation of the information. Communication functions interdependently with the cognitive processing of the information presented, and visual information is processed differently than language-based information. Observation can play a significant and often deciding role in the interpretation of a message and construction of meaning. Images provide a more effective means of communication than language because they are not limited by the same restrictions, they are transformed through interpretation and they solicit reciprocal participation from all parties involved.