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PHIL 1070
Marina Denischik

Dam, 1 Thien Dam Philosophy of the Person I/070 December 10, 2012 Professor Marina Denischik Dependency as Being neither Good nor Bad 1 In terms of our daily lives, the movie “Koyaanisqatsi” does a decent job of accurately depicting the life of most people. Ever since the creation of first technologies, more and more people started to direct their attention towards these new skills. As our lives switch to a more technological way of living, we are always depending on technology to meet our needs. Today, everyone who has access to technology is now using it. The movie revolves around the nature of human interactions with technology. We use technology to make our daily lives more efficient. We use it to help keep us connected with our friends and family. Technology is our main source of health and what brings food to the table. When listing a few of many important reasons why we use technology, it could sound a bit inhuman to see how dependent we are on it. The movie, although does not directly state that we are dependent on technology, does gives off that impression through clips of common human interactions with technology.Although we see the good that our dependency on technology can bring to us, there are certain areas where it can harm us. Sometimes, the benefits we receive from technology will almost always outshine the consequences of depending on it. In a passage from Kant’s Practical Philosophy where he talks _______________________________ 1Koyaanisqatsi is a word that comes from the Hopi language which is Uto-Aztecan. The definition of the word describes a life out of balance. The director of the movie is Godfrey Reggio. The composer is Phillip Glass. Dam, 2 about the idea of enlightenment, Kant describes the negative effects of creating a trait of depending on others. His view on dependency could very well be used to argue against our reliance on technology. All in all, it is neither bad nor good to stay dependent because it can bring harm to us as much as it can bring benefits to our lives. In the beginning of the movie, the director starts it off with clips of nature. He brings us through different scenes of the wonders of nature on Earth. Examples of which are wide mountains, grand canyons, and long clips of waterfalls. These compilations of nature’s scenery will slowly start to shift to clips of human buildings.As the movie progresses, all the clips will follow up with a new sort of technology featured on the face of the Earth. Examples of which are roads, cars, streetlights, escalators, and airplanes.Aspecific scene to notice is a clip showing an aircraft flying through the desert. The aircraft is colored in a brown and sandy color so it blends in with the desert. It is easy to see that because the camera angle in that clip is pointed down on the aircraft as the aircraft flies through the desert.As the movie comes to an end, the director will bring the viewers back to clips of nature. From the beginning to the end, the movie shows the viewer a gradual shift from human findings of technology to technology being a dependency to us. When the director showed us clips of nature in the beginning, he marked where there was no reliance for technology. The transformation starts when the clips gradually switch to clips of human buildings.At this point in the movie, humans start to distant themselves from nature and focus more on technological advancements. Our full dependence on technology is seen through the scenes of new technologies presented on the next clips. In the example of the aircraft, the color of the aircraft, which represents technology, blends in with the desert, which represent nature, shows that we Dam, 3 have implemented technology into our needs of life. We have now become so dependence on it because it is an essential value to help us in life. Although the movie shows us these drastic changes from a world of nature to a world of
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