"Automatic" by Miranda Lambert
This song, "Automatic", discuses how much people rely on technology. It shows how life was simpler without the technology innovations we have today. In the chorous, it tells of how technology has made people impatient in getting what they want and "waiting your turn". It also converses of how nothing is as valuable now as it was in the past, because tasks were done "all by hand". Without anyone investing any time and effort into their responsibilities, they don't receive credit or satisfaction. The song expresses how life was harder and slower before the technology we possess today, but everybody was more content and appreciative of what people did. Everyone had time to work out their problems and acknowledge what they had, instead of immediately wanting the next new thing.
Technology As an Influence- Google Glass
The article expounds upon technology's influence on revolutionizing the way individuals connect with others. Google Glass will change the way that we face everyday tasks, yet also poses some concerns related to the needs of society. While Google Glass will make our lives easier and information more accessible, there are concerns that have surfaced as the first few products have been sold. Some of the negative effects of Google Glass's innovations in society include: distracted driving and most importantly privacy issues. The concerns with Google Glass and the underlying ability to breach personal boundaries, in the form of taking photos without the consent of others, is similar to "The Pedestrian" and Automatic. Each of these sources reveal how technology has enabled efficiency but at a sacrifice of quality and community. Much like "The Pedestrian", individuals are isolated and don't communicate. Such is true as it relates to Google Glass because individuals seek the allure of technology above the direct connection with others. This article article also justifies how technology is a source that maintains ready access; however it leads to complicating the arena of public issues. In some cases negative consequences come from the use of technology, as is cited in the article. "Automatic" also demonstrates the role that technology plays in societal adaptation. Through displaying how technological advances have created negligence, there is much relevance to each new technology that comes to the market.
Connection to Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451's society is filled with many social concerns such as depression and isolation. The societal landscape is much like the setting described in "The Pedestrian." Similarly, the article that reviews the use of Google Glass cites that new technologies can surface underlying issues of the public. Each source warns about the evolution of communities, though the loss of knowledge and gain of innovations. "They want to know what I do with all my time. I tell them that sometimes I just sit and think," (Bradbury 20). In Automatic, just as in "The Pedestrian," Farenheit 451, and the article, the song lyrics reveal how evolution and technology has a major negative effect on the world around us. It shows some of the many problems that have been enlightened as the use of technology rises. Individuals are obsessed. "You play God to it. But who has ever torn himself from the claw that encloses you when you drop a seed in a TV parlour? It grows you any shape it wishes! It is an environment as real as the world. It becomes and is the truth. Books can be beaten down with reason" (Bradbury 138). Regardless of the context, technology is drastically changing the way that society interfaces with one another.