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Is Technology Responsible For The Dumbing-Down Of America? The story of Tom
It seems that everyday there is a new gadget that hits the market that promises to make our lives easier and more productive. PC's are replaced by laptops that are replaced by tablets which are soon to be replaced by iPads. Reports show that cell phone users aren't as concerned with calling ability as they are with ease of texting and surfing the net.
This technology looks great on the surface, but what is the real cost? Our kids, who have grown up with 500 satellite channels, cell phones with video chat, and 3D video game systems that have more power than the computers that launched our first mission to the moon, are suffering.
Suffering? You ask?
There is no reason to use our brains or imagination any more. Let's look at the story of Tom, an average boy, leading an average life with average friends. Tom had no cell phone, no laptop, and no video game system. He had shoes, but it is very well documented that he never liked to wear them. What he did have, was a legendary imagination that was the stuff that books are written about. Tom is an American Icon.
What would Tom have been if he had grown up in a world filled with our current technology? Let's take a peek:
Tom entered the following text into his Droid and pressed send, "Huck, I will teach you to paint a fence for your pet frog and those 3 marbles that you won yesterday."
"LMAO! Nice try. I already know how. I just Googled fence painting on my iPhone. Tweet the rest of the gang to find another sucker. " came the response.
"After that, maybe we can go hide from Injun Joe in the caves" Tom tried again.
"Just got Halo 3 for X-Box 360, so I will be busy for a few weeks. Wanna come over and watch?"
Dejected, Tom agreed to go play video games with his friend, Huck, and the rest was history. Another American youth is lost to the evils of technology. Tom started wearing shoes and asked his Aunt Polly to buy him a pair of $170 Air Jordans. He went to a technical school and majored in computer science. He now lives in a small single level home in Alhambra, California, with his wife and 2.5 kids, where he walks his dog every morning before going off to his 9 to 5 job as a computer network engineer.
Tom Sawyer is arguably one of America's favorite trouble making runaways. His imagination was his most valuable tool.
I tell you that to tell you this: Take the time to Exercise your imagination! Encourage your kids to go outside and play for a while.
Illustration by Mike Licht
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