Jennifer Romeo - Manifesto

“We should be skeptical of but remain open to new digital technological advances.”

It is important to remain open-minded to the advances in technology that our society presents, but not all changes are for the best, and for that reason, we must remain skeptical and criticize technology when necessary. Weighing the benefits and negative aspects of new technologies is critical in technological development, but despite the criticism that we rightfully debate, it is important to never shut the door on technological advancements that could one day make incredibly profound impacts on our world. By balancing open-mindedness and skepticism in technological advancements, we can best incorporate technological change into society. This is my personal belief because I find it important to learn about new technologies while still maintaining a critical eye. Not all technologies are necessary or necessarily great, but by keeping my mind open, I can determine what is best in my life. If everyone adopted this view, the world could have more research into technological advancements, but the public would be held accountable for speaking up for what they believe to be in the best interest of everyone else.
Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/24/technology/24online.html

“Large digital technology companies should become more transparent by informing the public about what they do.”

Many of today’s technology skeptics simply don’t understand the technology they dislike or are afraid of. If technological developers were more transparent, the public could become better informed about research and development. It is difficult to understand much of technology because the terminology is not mainstream, so if people could better understand what the new technologies do and how they are created, people might be less afraid of them. The media could help this by working with technological developers, like medical researchers and various engineers to present technological advances in informative ways. If companies had better working relationships with the media, the public could understand technological change on its own terms. I have adopted this as my own belief because I know there are many technological advances I simply don’t understand. I don’t know what they are, how to use them, or how they are made, and this makes me very curious and nervous about them. If everyone could learn more about technology and its advances, I think we could see a very positive movement and push for further technological advances.
Source: http://www.techlearning.com/article/33028, http://pharmtech.findpharma.com/pharmtech/News/Pharma-companies-must-be-more-transparent/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/689041?contextCategoryId=35097

“We should limit the amount of exposure very young children have to digital technologies.”

While I am an avid believer that children and young adults should have digital technologies available to them in school, very you children, such as under the age of five, can learn a lot from reading picture books, playing with musical instruments, and interacting with other children their age. If very young children are too reliant on technology to learn and play, they risk losing important opportunities to learn from the humanities and liberal arts. Critical developmental stages occur in a young child’s life, and if they over over-inundated with technology, this could have an adverse affect on them. I believe this because I know young children learn a lot from their parents and other people in their lives and by experimenting on their own. Those ways of learning cannot be replaced by technologies in ways that are better than the originals. If everyone were to adopt this view, young children would not be exposed to too much television or to too many video games, and this would leave them open to learn from the world around them.
Source: http://www.limitv.org/preschool.htm, http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/family/tv_habits.html

“Public schools ought to incorporate more digital technology into teaching.”

Public schools across the country face budget problems that keep them from incorporating all of the latest technology into elementary, middle, and high school programs. While technology is constantly changing and technological advances are often pricey, it is important to expose children and young adults to technological advances that they may face later on in life. By simply investing in better computers that can access the newest, latest information, schools could benefit significantly because textbooks in school are frequently out of date. I feel strongly about this because in my high school, our textbooks were often very old. Teachers would suggest additional online reading materials to supplement the textbooks because they were not as current as they could be. It is difficult to provide additional funds to any government budget, but if everyone adopted this belief, students across the nation would have better opportunities to learn and grow than they do now.
Source:http://mindshift.kqed.org/2010/12/students-know-how-we-should-use-technology-in-schools/

“Industries should incorporate as much digital technology as is financially prudent in order to make business more efficient.”

When companies invest in technology, they can greatly impact their profits by making products that are better, faster, and that require less manual labor. Companies should incorporate as much technology as possible to improve their products, while still spending within their budgets. I have adopted this in my own life because I know it is how I operate. I have the best computer, phone, printer, television, and any other kind of technology that I can afford and that is within reason. By spending wisely, I can make my money go its farthest, and I can improve my on daily life with new technologies. If all industries did the same, consumers could get better products for less money, and industries could produce much faster. If everyone were able to budget properly, but still ensure that all products were made using the best technological advances, consumer goods would see a vast improvement.
Source: http://smallbusinessonlinecommunity.bankofamerica.com/thread/28183

“We ought to do more to help the less fortunate benefit from digital technology.”

If those who cannot afford technology could have better access to technologies, the less fortunate in our society could see a great improvement in their daily lives. If those who cannot afford computers could have access to computers and free wireless internet at more libraries or public places, they could improve their education and communication with their family and friends. If more people could afford cell phones with cheaper plans, then everyone could benefit from being more connected. It is unfortunate that so many of our technological advances isolate those who cannot afford to or who do not understand how to keep up with society in a technological age. When I was in high school, I taught computer classes to elderly people and to those who were just learning English. Helping them gain access to the technological world made them more independent. I strongly believe this to be a necessity because there are so many poor people in our country who cannot benefit from all that technology has to offer, and if they could have better access to technology, I think poverty could decrease.
Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40484017/ns/technology_and_science-tech_and_gadgets/