Whilemany people believe that corruption did not exist in the past, othersthink that corruption did exist, but the failure of media exposuremeant that people could not expose bad news, especially corruption. Therefore, advanced technology such as mobile technology, comes intoas social media to help people get attention on what they want toknow thus, it has played an enormous role in today’s society. As aresult, mobile technology is connecting the world closer and makingthe globalized community seem ever closer. In fact, the evolution ofthe mobile technology shows how human’s lives are changing. Mobiletechnology brings people more benefits and convinces them to live avaluable life, but sometimes, mobile technology can isolate peopleespecially in communications. In Thomas Friedman’s article TheTaxi Driver, hewrites, “technology is dividing us as much as uniting us.” (2006,par.1) Friedman asserts, “Technology can make the far feel near,but it can also make the near feel very far.” In this regards, Itotally agree with his view.
Making the far seem near is madepossible by technology. Technology can unite many people to fightcorruptions. Over the lastyears, the subject of government corruption has attracted people’sattention, especially in developing countries. Increased utilizationof technology and the social media has enabled most people to recordbehaviors related to corruption. As a result, corruption scandals ofgovernment would be exposed to the public. Forexample, in HowOrdinary Chinese Are Talking and Fighting Back,Franck Langfitt (2012) writes about the story of Tang Hui where shewas able to get help because of technology. A pimp lured Tang Hui’s11-year-old daughter into a brothel. When Tang got her daughter’sinformation, he called the cops and wanted to rescue his daughter.However, he found the brothel’s owner had an uncle who was a topofficial in the prosecutor’s office, and the police shielded thebrothel staff and prevented Tang to rescue his daughter. Then,because of police corruption, Tang was sent tore-education-through-labor camp. When Tang’s story was posted outin the Weibo microblogging site, over 30 million Weibo usersre-tweeted Tang’s story, which caused the overwhelmed police torelease Tang. According to this story, it seems like social media isa powerful tool. In the regards, the absence of Weibo at that time,means that Tang’s story would not have been posted online. In fact,Tang would not have managed to tell the story physically to manypeople as happened through Weibo. Therefore, based on the real story,it is clear that technology indeed connects each other tightly ratherthan make people far apart because of the advantages of technology.
In FromArab Spring to Autumn Rage: The Dark Power of Social MediaAndrew Lam (2012) writes about an event in 2011, where a fruit vendorprotested police corruption. However, the administration failed toact on the issue and Mohamed Bouazizi, the vendor, burned himself todeath publicly in order to get attention. And many of people recordedthe events and posted online so that it spread so quickly which tookall governments by surprise. Finally, Bouazizi’s case caused ArabSpring revolution. Without the assistance of technology, individualswould not have known that many events, so social media brings morebenefits for us, which shows that technology is making the far feelnear.
However, technology is not onlyuniting people but it is also dividing people, which mean making thenear feel very far. Mobile technology can completely wall off peoplefrom their surroundings. For example, in TheMobile Bystander,Dominic Basulto (2012) writes about a tragic event where a man waspushed onto the tunnel tracks and killed in New York. Instead of thepeople around the place to help him, they took their phones andfilmed the tragic event. People were able to find excuses to shutthemselves off to their environment. Therefore, we can see thattechnology is dividing us when we are so close. In another scenarioFriedman (2006) in TheTaxi Driver, writes, “the driver and I had been together for an hour, and between the twoof us we had been doing six different things” (par.7). From theoutward, it seems that people who are together are connected witheach other by the situations, but with increased technology, theopposite is happening. In most cases, people will turn to theirphones to text or chat even in the middle of conversations, whichdent their relationships significantly.
Conclusively, I contend ormaintain that technology is isolating people instead of uniting themdepsite its significant positive impacts, as has contributed tomajjjor strains in people’s lives. There is no doubt that people,in general, are more indifferent to the harm that occurs to them evenwhen by a very simple gesture they could make a difference for thebetter. Personally, technology is also influenced the relationshipbetween my friends, parents and me. For example, when I spend timeoutside with my friends or my parents for dinner, I usually findmyself focusing on my phone to chat or text in the middle ofconversations, which shows that technology is making the near seemfar. As most examples in the paper shows, technology has largelyreplaced interpersonal communication. Therefore, personally, peopleshould try to minimalize the use of cell phones especially duringinterpersonal communications, and instead spend valuable time witheach other. Also, when a person thinks that he or she is using aphone too much, he or she should put it down and engage more withother people. Since mobile devices isolate us from the people who aresurrounding us, it is clear that everybody needs to take a halt andmake absents from their fixation with technology. Finally, I think itis important to teach the next generation the importance ofappreciating nature for lively experiences such as taking walks toreduce the negative effects of technology. People should be concernedabout losing touch with the realities of the physical surroundings.In fact, face-to-face communication remains the best form ofcommunication as people relate well and demonstrate their connectionwith each other thus, people should reduce the time they spend oncell phones.
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Langfitt, F. (2012, November 27).How Ordinary Chinese Are Talking And Fighting Back. Retrieved April23, 2015, fromhttp://www.npr.org/2012/11/27/165933657/how-ordinary-chinese-are-talking-and-fighting-back