It seems like you can buy almost anything online these days, leaving for us as a society little reason or need to venture outside. You can get groceries delivered to your door step, Christmas gifts bought and delivered or round picture frames to brighten up your place, all with a simple click of a mouse. But do you think all this online shopping is a good thing? Can there be such a factor as too much convenience?
Some experts have pointed out that with all this modern technology, we can now live our whole life without ever making direct contact with another human being. It is almost like living in a fish bowl or under the acrylic domes that modernization has created for our society. But not all experts agree completely that this is a bad idea.
Leading intellectual and activist, Noam Chomsky stated that, “Modern industrial civilization has developed within a certain system of convenient myths… Now it’s long been understood – very well – that a society that is based on this principle will destroy itself in time.” So, is it really that detrimental for us as a society to leave our comforts of online shopping at home and head to the local retail store to get those round picture frames or drive to the grocery store instead of having them delivered?
The answer is, no. Professor Chomsky is stating an obvious fact based on a reality that if we do stay inside our homes and are in a constant state of consuming and shopping that we could destroy ourselves. However, to buy something like a picture frame or maybe some second hand jewelry in the convenience of your home, will not break down our society.
English journalist and broadcaster, Simon Hoggart has a positive spin on consumerism that he wrote about in The Guardian stating, “Americans are fascinated by their own love of shopping. This does not make them unique. It’s just that they have more to buy than most other people on the planet. And it’s also an affirmation of faith in their country.” It appears that he is simply saying that we should be celebrating with great pride our gifts of modern technology and the ability to shop online that comes with it. It is downright patriotic according to Hoggart.
So the next time you want to spruce up your home with those square, oval or round picture frames, smile at the convenience and ability you have of shopping at any time of the day or night. Also think how lucky you are to be living in a time that offers so many different selections just for you to decorate your home in your own particular style. Technology and consumerism can indeed be a good thing after all.
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