This morning I came to work and found out it took me longer
time to log on the computer. I suspected there’s something wrong and
immediately when the screen pops up, it said no internet connection. I told a
coworker that all my research is relying on internet and I can’t do anything
now. IT department said it’s a system problem and they are trying to fix it.
While waiting, I feel so lucky that yesterday I printed out several papers to
read instead of keeping them in the browser.
Then I started to think about how much internet affect our
lives. Nowadays, everyone is “connected”. Here I’m not saying via social media,
but just simply via internet. We all have an invisible rope tied to our back.
The rope does pass the information faster than ever before, but also sometimes
we become dependable or even tightly tied to internet. We check our phones
every morning after waking up and every night before bed; we text each other
during school and work; we play with phone when having family dinner; we spend
more time with our computers than with family and friends. It’s like another
format of cold violence. Last year ethic competition in Baylor showed one movie
made by an undergraduate team. There’s no human involved at all but just iphone
and mac book. It started with two mac books sitting face to face and then slowly
they turn back to back. With the two iphones, I assume they represent the kids.
It’s just sometimes technology makes us feel we are close but very far away
from the person sitting next to us. Endless phone calls after work and the guy
has to break the promise because of the “emergency meeting notice” he received
from email. We can see this all the time in the movie but this is so real and
happens every day. The rope tied to our backs brings us to be so CONNECTED, but