Names like Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple and YouTube are pervasive in our world today. As these companies have grown, many have also sprouted their own media outlets, affecting not only how we access information but also what kind of information we are accessing. Many people worry that as we become more and more reliant on screens, we lose our ability to think critically and to meaningfully interact with other people. Others argue that technology has improved our world by making information more accessible and connections easier.
This week, the Mirror examines the potential pitfalls of modern technology and the media in addition to the ways they have bolstered our society. We unpack tech-life balance and break down how the dynamic between technology and privilege plays out at Dartmouth. We explore how TikTok promotes instant gratification and discuss the impact of the media’s coverage of Trump’s impeachment trial with a government professor. Chances are high that many of you will read these stories online, on platforms only made possible by recent technological breakthroughs. While many of us have become accustomed to the screens beneath our fingertips as an inherent part of our lives, we hope that this week you will take a moment to consider how technology and media may affect us more than we know.