This is in response to Getthedeets’s blog post “Google or Bing?”
Getthedeets states: “Just as a book or now a Search Engine simplifies the time and efforts, we are missing a crucial step that is involved in the learning process and in a sense, it takes away from our humanity. The advancements in technology to make things easier strip away our right to work hard and evoke thought to generate appreciation for products. As a consequence, instead of enjoying an authentic meal from scratch we settle for the ‘easy bake’ method and not only lack the knowledge of the ingredients but limit ourselves of the possibilities and benefits that may exist otherwise!”
I agree, as we start to rely on search engines more and more these days, we lose the crucial step on the learning process. Yes, as consequence, people would settle “easy bake” method because it is so much easier and less time consuming. However, these search engines are not as simple as just giving us answers. Youtube, not exactly a search engine but does to give answers, shows the more humane side of the technological advancement. When I go on Youtube, I usually watch a lot of the cooking videos. These cooks like, Byron Talbott and Laura Vitale, prepare and demonstrate how to cook and bake from scratch. From pasta to cinnamon buns, they can seriously get people’s mouths watery. They teach people how to cook by explaining each step of the way with visuals and live recording, which helps so much more when cooking is not an easy task to do when one does not know how to cook.
I feel that cooking channels do the opposite of limiting “ourselves of the possibilities and benefits that may exist otherwise.” The videos help people want to learn to cook rather than promoting the idea of going to the store and purchasing premade food. These cooks record themselves cooking at home and share about their life and passion to their viewers. They essentially teach us to appreciate food, family, and friends, which is quite humane.
Yes, in some aspects, technology can strip away humanity. At the same time, it actually promotes it; not only through Youtube, but also in blogs or visual media. Sometimes I would search some things up and the results that I get would be links to blogs. Blogs usually are more opinion and feeling based which does show the humane side. Also, I use Instagram and I follow people from different places with different interests and I think it is pretty humane because the photos range from normal home activities to road trips to food adventures. As more and more people are using blogs or visual media, I think humanity would slowly just shift into the virtual world. In fact, I think this is not that bad because more people can be exposed to different views from different cultures and parts of the world.