Throughout my research, I encountered several interesting sources that I found to be credible and useful for my research paper on technological advances. After listening to all the conference presentations, I noticed that several other people talked about the different applications of technology in dystopian literature. After going through my sources, I feel that the article “From Utopia to Dystopia: Technology, Society and What We Can Do About It” might be useful to those who discussed the uses of technology and its consequences in YA dystopias.
The article was written by Alejandro Garcia De La Garza and discusses the progression of technological advancement from the second half of the twentieth century to now. It was first assumed that technological advances would continue to improve living conditions without any problems, but Garza argues that these advances also brought security challenges. The dream of technology curing disease and ending poverty is not being accomplished. Instead, technology is advancing way too quickly for society to keep up with controlling and understanding it. The article also provides examples of how certain innovations that were meant to enhance our lives, actually intensify the problems modern society faces.
Garza is providing valuable information that can be used in an argument that even though technology can achieve great things, one has to be careful when it is advancing too fast for society to keep up. Using real world examples of how technology is affecting our society in a negative way is building Garza’s ethos and can therefore be taken as a valuable source. The author has an MA in conflict, security and development and is therefore knowledgeable about the topic that he was writing about. This article was a great source for my research project and for some of your projects because it shows how our society is affected by technological advances and how that can lead to a potential dystopia.
Garza, Alejandro Garcia De La. “From Utopia to Dystopia: Technology, Society and What We Can Do About It.” OpenSecurity, 20 Dec. 2013.