Blog Post 7

“There’s a callousness to such grandiose futurism” (227).  With this statement, Carr is stating that there seems to be some negative side effects that would accompany such a perfect futuristic world. Nothing can operate perfectly. There will be bumps and bruises. Carr believes that “[e]ven if society were to come up with some magic spell, or magic algorithm, for equitably parceling out the spoils of automation, there’s good reason to doubt whether anything resembling the ‘economic bliss’ imagined by Keynes would ensue” (227). Everyone shares the idea of automation, or machines taking over the work force, as a positive step in technology. These individuals do not realize all the jobs that will be lost because of this. Like Carr mentioned, automation will not live up to the standards everyone already has for it. Carr states “[u]topianism … is a form of miswanting” (228). People may not realize it, but they actually enjoy working more than they actually know it. We live in a world where we must work to make money in order to survive and prosper in life. As mentioned in his article, Carr writes that “[t]he whole of modern society … has been organized as ‘a laboring society,’ where working for pay, and then spending that pay, is the way people define themselves and measure their worth” (227). We live in a society that thrives off of money. How much money a person has to their name really defines who they are and what their role is in society. Everyone wants to have money, but without work this is not possible. This is why an automation society would not be successful. Like Carr, Frost also believes in hard work. Frost was a famous “poet of labor” (214). Carr uses Frost’s ideas and thoughts to reiterate his own thoughts about automation and this picture of a utopian society. Frost explains that through labor and hard work comes “ … visions, dreams, [and] myths that are at the heart of reality” (214).  Frost is explaining that labor is the backbone to all things in life. Carr uses Frost to help support his own ideas. Frost also holds a lot of credibility since he was such a renown and followed poet in his time. Rhetorically for Carr’s piece, the added thoughts and ideas of Frost help persuade the audience more into thinking that automation and the idea of the perfect utopian society will not exist without problems.


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