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  1. In Scott Adam’s comic there is a comedic affect that is often found in many cartoons of its style. Part of what makes comics such as these successful, and humorous, is the relatability they have to their audience. When taking a look at these works, a person can find ways that the characters within them are representative of actual society, as the creator likely intended.
    This comic in particular shows two men in the workplace. The first of these, likely an employee of the other, is having a “bad tech day” and has been experiencing problems with his electronic and mechanical devices that he’s trying to use, including his phone, printer, the company network, his car, and his laptop. The boss permits this man to lock himself in a lead-lined box, as he requested, to avoid having a negative effect on any further devices. While many readers may see this comic as ridiculous, get a chuckle out of it, and move on with their day, this work does give insight to characteristics of people in the real world. While a person locking him or herself in a box lined with lead may seem like an extreme measure, in reality many people will go to great lengths to keep their electronics working properly. This can include expending a lot of time and money, whether that is time spent fixing something personally, spending money on repairs, or buying new replacements all together. At the end of the comic three weeks have passed and the boss is still content with having his employees locked away, not doing his job, as long as it means his phone is still working properly.
    People are willing to go so far due to the fact that today nearly everyone has come to rely on technology to help them be efficient, save time, or enjoy themselves, both in the workplace and in their personal lives. Personally, I can say that I have been willing to spend a lot of time finding answers to fix malfunctioning devices, and have spent a lot of money upgrading them or buying new tech, even if it wasn’t truly necessary. Situations like this can be even worse who don’t understand newer technology well, such as my parents. They can use their devices fine, but when they stop working properly they have almost no idea what to do. They at times will be willing to spend a lot of money to get their problem fixed, because not only of the value of the item, but also because of the effect technical difficulties can have on their day to day lives. Connections such as these to my own life are why I found the comic funny, and what made me appreciate the work most. These types of relatable, personal connections could likely be made by many viewers of this comic. While it still may be a humorous exaggeration of reality, it still is representative of actual life.

  2. Dilbert is a total classic, I am happy you posted this, professor.

    I found this article funny, because I am sure like you, each day we come across many of these people. This cartoon is super relatable. The people who complain about their “bad technology day” are great at exaggerating what is occurring, utilizing superlative adjectives and a whiny, angry tone to get their point across. It can be very painful to listen to. The cartoon does this artfully. We are reading box after box of complaints from Wally just like Pointy-haired Boss, who sits at a desk totally helpless. My personal favorite was “My car’s warning lights look like a Christmas tree…”

    Professor, I know I am guilty of the occasional complaint about technology. Last week we spoke about how my computer hard drive died. We spoke about the situation, and for me our conversation helped to reinforce the importance of cloud storage. In this situation I appreciated your willingness to offer me advice, but I wish I had structured my sentence to you as a question rather than a complaint. More on this in a second.

    Although technology can make thinks very easy, it can also sometimes lead to a culture of acute indolence. It seems as if these days we complain about a technology problem long before devising a plan or seeking the resources necessary to fix it. There are so many videos on Instagram and YouTube of people slamming controllers and remotes into TVs that they perceive as “broken”. By broken in quotes, I am referring to the definition many have developed: If it can’t be fixed in five seconds, an object is irreversibly broken.

    Do you know how to disassemble and reassemble a car engine? My grandfather likely would, but I unfortunately do not. Maybe I should commit the time to learn how. I feel like promoting a culture of patient, detailed learning instead of the “10 quickest ways to…” and “life hacks” forms of teaching we see online these days with technology might be quite valuable. Instead of frustration with technology, a more patient mindset almost always seems to be a better path.

    In the moment I mentioned above where my computer hard drive died, I felt such frustration. In such situations, it is easy to be the person in the Instagram video who just throws the computer at a wall. This is not what I did though, I was patient. I hope others will be more patient, inquisitive and knowledgeable about technology in the future, as I seek to be.

  3. I understand this comic as a representation of todays society. The omnipresence of technologies and the lack of imagination of people. This situation where the character tells his boss that it would be better for him to get in a box to prevent the company and the co-workers from his bad waves since he is having “a bad tech day”. First it makes me think that he is totally dependent of the tools he uses everyday because he does not think about how he could be effective without them, he could try to ind other ways to be useful. Which is representative of todays society, I think there is a big gap between our generation and the generation of our grand parents, they were totally different than us because they didn’t have all the devices that we use today, and the generation our parents are kind of in between because they learnt how to do without and it appeared on the way so they had to adjust. Our generation is really into phones, laptops and other technologic machines.
    And the other thing that makes me smile in this comic is the reaction of the boss. Since his devices are working he thinks his employee is a genius because he prevented other people from his bad luck by going into a box.
    I believe that it is a funny but also true representation of how people are today. And maybe we should take more of our grand parents because they had a certain sense of helplessness that I think lacks is todays generations.

  4. As I was reading the comic by Scott Adams, I caught myself laughing yet unamused by our society. Many of us can relate to the situation of feeling lost when our technology fails us. However, this comic also demonstrates how dependent our society has become on technology. The business world invests large amounts of their funds into technology innovation to improve operations and efficiency. Yet they cannot rely fully on the technology because in case of a power outage or functional failure businesses suffer damages that sometimes cost them more than monetary fees. It can cost them their customers and reputation. As for individuals, younger generations, including myself spend hours of our days submerged in the world of internet and social media. The other weekend, I checked the amount of time that I spend daily using social media application on my phone. That number was 2 hours each day. My 14 year old cousin spends over 4 hours daily on social media applications. Our generation does not primarily utilize the technological advancement to produce better quality work, instead we tend to use technology to get distracted and procrastinate on the work we must complete. However, when the technology is taken away from us, we don’t become productive with the time we gain. Instead we feel lost and do not know how to approach or complete our daily responsibilities.

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