“Taking Multitasking to Task” Essay
In society today technology has consumed our world. On average one billion computers, two billion TV sets, and four billion cell phones are in use. Since this wide use of technology, you would never believe anyone would go on a diet for less technology, but Mark Harris beats the odds. Earlier this year he had set his resolution, “To eat less technology” (Harris). In his article “Taking Multitasking to the Task” he goes on describing his normal use of technology: watching TV, fiddling with the computer, and trying to connect the two. Harris goes on to say, “Too often I feel mentally bloated. I’ve been ‘eating’ technology all day, but never stopping to digest” (Harris). Throughout the articles his views on technology are clear; we’re overloaded with it. He shows the personification of the pixel technological addicts in the movie WALL-E to our society. The article demonstrates that Harris’s feeling about technology relate to Ray Bradbury’s, the author of Fahrenheit 451.
The two correlate by believing the society is overloaded by technology, by constantly striving the entertainment. In Fahrenheit 451, the society is steadily watching their version of TVs and listening through ear buds so consumed that there is no time to think. This society is exactly like the one in WALL-E, which Harris refers the society to. While reading Harris’s article one character from Fahrenheit 451 came to mind, Mildred. Mildred is Guy Montags' wife who is
blinded by all the technology. Since Mildred never thinks she has problems sleeping at night, so she uses seashells to keep her attention span going. Montag notices this one night when, “He looked over at Mildred. She was awake. There was a tiny dance of melody in the air, her seashell was tamped in her ears again, and she was listening to far people in far places, her eyes wide and starring at the fathoms of blackness above her in the ceiling” (Bradbury 42). Another example of her...
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