Errors in Modern Times

Slavjo Zizek bring ups a good point when discussing issues of jobs and how the work with society. Many jobs focus on the fact of helping society or improving it. But Zizek brings about a good point, that these jobs mainly focus on fixing problems that happen. Instead of looking at how these problems can be hindered or prevented, they are almost always viewed as one of a kind problems. These problems seem inevitable due to the condition that society has been raised to believe now. Zizek talks about how rethinking about solving issues can be done by looking at the whole picture and what the best action for society to take.

In Mark Nunes’s article he discusses society’s new expectation for efficiency and productivity. With more and more technology evolving, the need for guaranteed equipment with 0 errors keeps growing. Nunes brings up a very solid point, when he points out that these errors that arise make the consumer more power and control hungry. They ability for computers and mechanisms to exhibit errors must mean that there in not enough control on them.

The power of full control has now even spread over to choosing what traits your own children have. The technology of “Designer Babies” is becoming increasingly popular due to its ability to allow parents control over what characteristics their children exhibit. Nunes goes on further in discussing how many programs are designed to correct errors and improve on them so they don’t happen again.  He even brings up a point that errors most commonly mean deviating from the truth. This fact that all errors are looked at the same way, as ruining something or decreasing it, instead of viewing these errors as something that could transform it with positive results. With new errors comes new ways of looking at things and the possibility for something to create an error that makes it more efficient than it was. But in today’s society where errors are looked at in horror, the possibilities of  these positive mistakes is lessened because of the negative stigma attached to them.


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