For my humanities research paper and graphic novel, I decided to investigate on plastic. Throughout these last couple of weeks, I've learnt many things about the effects plastic has had on our society. This simple material, invented in the early stages of the 1900s, has impacted our modern society in many ways. In this blog post, I will describe how different technologies, and my chosen technology as well, impacted the development of society.
How can technology change the development of society?
Technology can change the development of society in multiple ways. There are a variety of effects, both positive and negative. Some positive things that different technologies have done for society is that it has helped us advance. Though, like I stated before, it also has had some negative effects. For example environmental pollution and destruction, or issues with human health, occur very often when in contact with these technologies. Sadly, technologies that are useful, can cause our world harm, and are also not that easy to get rid of. Before people make big decisions, such as freeing the world from a specific technology because it has harmed the environment, they also have to take into consideration the benefits of the technology that has helped the different societies and generations grow.
The most basic impact that a technology from modern times has accomplished, is that it made doing everyday tasks easier, made it more manageable, and it is often a sustainable product. Usually, making our lives easier is the whole point of the technology. For example, my technology, plastic, simplified our daily lives as well. It replaced many materials such as wood and clay, as it is faster and easier to manufacture which also made it cheaper for the public. In modern day, you can see plastic wherever you go. You are most likely reading this on a technological device, which also has plastic particles in it.
As well as the benefits, some technologies also have negative impacts on humans, because of too much use or of chemicals in the product. Human health could be heavily affected depending on the technology. Relating this back to my product, plastic, affects human health a lot. The overuse of plastic heavily impacts hormones, increased heart rates, and it raises the risk of getting diabetes. These are only some of the different illnesses that could occur because of plastic. Other technologies, such as the X-Ray machines or MRI scans are very crucial to citizens in the present day, because it gives doctors knowledge on what is wrong with their patients, so that they can help them to get better.
These are just two main impacts out of the many that occur in our world. Technologies from the modern day, and from the past have all had some kind of impact on our society. For example, telescopes helped us learn about the solar system, ATM's made getting money out of a bank easier, but on the other hand plastic has harmed our environment and human health. It is easy to tell that society doesn't think about the negative impacts of plastic but rather it thinks of what the ATM machines and the telescopes have done. They have helped our world move forward, but sometimes, our world needs to pause, stop and reflect on what has happened.
Here is the link to my research paper about my technology: plastic.
Here is the link to my graphic novel, which I did with Talia de Beer. We chose to work with the technology: plastic and show how it impacted lives of humans and ocean pollution.