"Not to be Played a Fool..."

Miles Kinsman
February 7, 2014

Because the Internet, how often today have you checked your phone and or computer? How many times have you checked any form of social media in the past hour? These have become a normal trait in many of our day to day routines. Not just to stay in touch with people we know, but to bring in new people to listen to our rambling. For better or worse our lives have become increasingly plugged in as the years go by. Not to say it's a horrible thing; yet we may have to take a step back sometimes to analyze ourselves to see what it does to us.

Noah is told from the first person perspective of Noah, a young man who seemingly logs onto his computer as per normal: throws on some amateur porn, logs onto Facebook to see what's up.....the usual. His girlfriend then skypes him to talk. As they exchange dialogue, Noah becomes weary of what his girlfriend is saying. She doesn't want to hold him back from meeting new people in college and whatnot. Their conversation is cut short by a bad communication. He views this sudden emotion as being more then what she is saying.

Slowly, the music in the background is creating a sense of nervous panic. Quick glances at his media player show him switching tunes to different actions. Browsing through her photos he notices there is this one gentleman who keeps "liking" and commenting on all his girlfriend's photos. He knows his girlfriend's password and logs onto her profile. Browsing through private messages he learns that an affair may be going on. Not to be played a fool, he then switches the status of their relationship from her profile to single. She then tries to contact him to no avail.

Through looking at Noah's phone, we then see a month passes by. Logging on Facebook his friend starts a conversation seeing if his ex still has him blocked. The answer is "yes." In a bored stupor he accesses Chat Roulette to take his mind off things. Between people flipping him the bird and showing their privates he comes across some teenage girls. They ask him to play the guitar. After thirty or so seconds they skip him and he is greeted by an attractive young lady. They have some decent conversation and he asks for her Facebook name. She doesn't have one; declaring that's it's weird. They giggle back and forth and he tells her his name. She calls him by name to tell him it was nice chatting. He quickly types up his email to send to her but she logs out before he is able to get the info to her.

Back to his normal conversation with his friend. It turns out the guy liking all his girlfriend's photos was gay; he was just a friend. Showing how fast he jumped to conclusions cost him so much. With an offer to play video games with his friend he says maybe tomorrow night, checks one last time to see if he is blocked (still is) closes all open windows and shuts down.

This generation is plugged in beyond belief. What Noah is capable of doing on his computer today is something we could have only dreamed about some time ago: multitasking between videos, absorbing knowledge, and zoning out to music all whilst communicating with others who could be quite some distance from his location. This can all be done so quickly and with relative ease: quick snappy responses, good video quality and startling customization.

Just a few years ago, this was all very new and was not so simple. Even video chatting was a startling invention. Today, we can start conversations with people we have never met and be slightly anonymous in the types of conversations we have. Our concentration could have been tampered with. With all this multitasking, we are barely able to focus on the task at hand. Even as I type this analysis, I have Facebook open in the background whilst constantly checking other media outlets. Yet this could also enhance the creativity of ones self. It's all up to the user.

Is this enhancing our personal experiences? We may have over five hundred friends readily available at our fingertips, but how many are actually ones who will care? Could this be enhancing or deterring our personal relationships with others?

As time progresses what will be the new age we enter in? Will we be taken to the next level and be able to physically touch somebody from millions miles away with the pressing of a button? Technology moves at an alarming rate; every new day there is somebody trying to push the envelope. Be it small or large they all have impacted us and society on a whole. Knowledge is readily available more so than it ever has been. Now it's up to see what we do with it.


You may view Noah can be used as a prompt to discuss multitasking.