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  1. Al Gore’s “Remarks to the International Telecommunications Union” is the first of the three I’m commenting on. In his speech, Vice President Gore discusses -- and strongly encourages -- the strengthening of worldwide communications through the use of computers. In his comments, Gore pays much attention to the world of technology, and how much it has advanced in the past few decades. His enthusiastic support of new methods of telecommunications is backed by many sound reasons as to why such technology is becoming vital. One of the main points he makes is how much economies can expand and grow through an increase in global communications technology. It can be used, he states, for medical technology, economic growth possible reduction of poverty and crime, and other such improvements. Especially the poorer, less-developed countries need advancement, he says, and reminds the people that as far back as 1851 people were cognizant of the possibility for greater technology.

  2. Judith Hooper’s “To Fax or Not to Fax” is an essay with an interesting perspective: because of so much technology in our lives, we have become so caught up in the world of computers that we are forgetting that we’re human. Could it be? Is it possible that we have become so tangled in this virtual world of computer chips that we are beginning to forget the real world? One of the points that Ms. Hooper makes is that, in large corporate buildings, people are unveiling new technological wonders to big-cheese executives, and investing so much money the newest creation that the public is pretty much forced to accept whatever comes out, lest the company and investors lose money. And she ends on a chilling note: Will we become so caught up in the false world of virtual reality that it will encompass our entire lives?

  3. Bruce Watson’s “When Your Toast Starts Talking to You, the Info Age Has Hit Home” employs a sly, subtle, somewhat sarcastic tactic. His offbeat humor is exactly how he attempts to persuade us to his side. Watson launches a full-scale assault on the technological world, and he comes at us with a barrage of strange imagery and situations. In other words, he takes the possibilities to the extreme, trying to show us exactly what direction we’re headed in. Not unlike Lewis Carroll’s two “Wonderland” books, in fact. Alice finds a world wracked with chaos, which Carroll uses to show the madness that would come from irrational, illogical thinking. Nothing makes sense. Similarly, Watson shows us that technology has helped us, but we have become so dependent on it (and quite frankly, utterly overwhelmed) that we’re going to reach “breaking point.” He warns us that things may become so complicated that, like Wonderland, our world can become chaotic.