The video I chose to watch was a student created short film created in 1958 to highlight the dangers of automation and our dependencies on technology. Throughout the film, there are various pieces of technology featured such as the telephone, tv, radio, etc. The film also follows a family throughout an average day, however, there is virtually no communication between them because this new technology is causing rift between them. A couple scenes in particular that really stuck with me was when the mom checks in on her son to only have his attention focused on the tv in an almost trance-like state. In the next scene as they're eating their dinner, the only sound we hear is the sound of the tv. The son then immediately leaves the dinner table abruptly to go back and watch tv while the mom looks visibly upset about this.
This video is important to show that even advances in technology a long time ago already had the capability of causing a rift in society and families. It wasn't just factory workers that were oppressed during this time because machines were taking their jobs, other people were too because machines were taking their families. Today, we really don't think twice about locking ourselves in our rooms and binge watching our latest guilty pleasure instead of spending quality time with our family. Heck, we even consider watching a movie with our family as spending "quality time" with each other even though we don't speak a word or get closer to each other as a family emotionally or intellectually. Although technological advances are important, we sometimes take for granted the impact they can have on our emotion connections with our loved ones.