Friday, September 20, 2013

When technology is too much / is missing

When Technology is too much

Description : This video is stuctured around 2 main narrative voices : A character illustrating what the voice-over says, while a singer often merely repeats what's just been said.
The setting is a Christian home and a Church. This particular context is meaningful.
We can notice on various occasions that the man is addicted to high-technology products, mostly Smartphones. He is shown as a family man, unable to interact with his wife except through his phone, and as a Church-goer, incapable of attending worship without all his phone vibrating all the time, making him look like he is full of the holy spirit. Finally, he is depicted as a computer geek/guru whose life has become extremely complicated instead of having been simplified.

Interpretation : Basically, this video means that high technology has become a religion for some people, even for Christians, who are not supposed to be materialistic.
In the Christian lifestyle, quite a few Church-goer and believers tend to focus more on materialistic issues than on spiritual ones.
Technology reigns supreme for many people who revere it, as a God enlightening his followers.
Is the technology a real progress for humankind ?

When Technology is missing

Description : Two people are stuck on an escalator un a place that seems literally empty, deserted. The man is upset, annoyed, he could be an office worker walking to his job. The woman claims that she is already late, this is the last straw, that breaks the camel's back. At one point, she is about to cry and begs for a phone. In short, the two of them look helpless, clueless.
Interpretation : We can relate this situation to a fairly common one in real life : getting stuck on an elevator. However, the difference is that in this situation, people have a right to feel panicky, freak out. Whereas on an escalator, there is no reason whatsoever (at all) to be scared. The video points out the increasing reliance of human beings on technology.
If it goes missing, it's as if a crutch had been taken away. These two people can't ever climb. Which would be the normal thing to do. Technological progress makes humans lazy or at least less prone to / inclined to take initiatives, to think by themselves ...

1 comment:

  1. OK, Lauren BUT the videos should have been embedded instead of the picture inserted above.
    Please replace the latter with the original videos ASAP.