The Gradual Domination of Technology

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In the movie WALL-E, based on ideas presented in George Orwell’s 1984, the dependence on technology becomes so rampant that humans evacuate earth and spend their lives aboard a ship, immersing themselves in computers. Finally, seven hundred years later, Captain McCrea recognizes the detrimental state of reliance he and the rest of the population share. Combatting the robots, McCrea fights for independence. He leads the crusade to earth, to life (WALL-E). Technology has a peculiar way of inflating minute qualities. Time flies during Facebook sessions. Video games consume the majority of some people’s waking hours. It is not until someone glances at technology from an outside perspective that he sees the dramatic waste of time computing brings. As the push for technological innovation drives onward, less people care to attempt to observe that outer viewpoint. Technology was made to aid life, not become life. With continued implementation, dependence grows stronger and stronger. Humans proceed to thin the line between ruling technology and technology ruling humans. As computing continues to spread throughout almost every dimension of life, the lives of all people are threatened to be lost to video screens and machines. The days of WALL-E may be upon the human race (WALL-E). In his battle with the machines, Captain McCrea asserts he “doesn’t want to survive, he wants to live” (WALL-E). Despite his epiphany that the robots are draining people's lives away, McCrea remains ignorant. The humans are not even surviving. Sure, they still exist, but the machines do all of the surviving for them. Technology feeds them, gives them water, and provides shelter. If an electromagnetic blast erupted within the ship and destroyed everything powere... ... middle of paper ... ... may be even more accurate than the parent will ever know. Life is a roller coaster. There are ups and downs, just like a heart monitor. Without the dips, the line goes flat, and life ceases to exist (WALL-E). Technology is wonderful. With limitless uses, it aids the lives of many. However, it poses a serious danger. The fascination of technology quickly absorbs lives. People must constantly remind themselves to sustain reality. When convenience turns to dependence, life begins to fade. In order to hold fast to the truly important qualities of life, one must remain able to function without computers. If not, the beauty of living tragically becomes the monotony of existing (WALL-E). Works Cited WALL-E. Dir. Andrew Stanton. By Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, and Jeff Garlin. Prod. Jim Morris. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, 2008. DVD.
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