Blog Post 7

When Carr says “there is a callousness to grandiose futurism” he is talking about how impersonal the world has become due to the growth in technology. Everything centered around futurism is the idea that everything must be bigger and better and the newest technological advancements. The future is filled with the next great thing and often these technological advancements make life easier for the everyday human being, thus straying further away from the basic joys of seeing your hard work pay off.   Carr describes labor similarly to how Robert Frost does; Carr writes “labor, whether of the body or the mind, is more than a way of getting things done. It’s a form of contemplation, a way of seeing the world face-to-face rather than through glass” (213-214). Carr is trying to say that work and labor is a force that humbles you in the sense that it brings you down to earth. You have to work for what you want and what you need. Carr brings up Robert Frost in his piece because he connects with Frost’s “back to the basics” mentality of life. Carr seems to regret having the increase in technology and how it effects the world especially socializing. He agrees with how the simplest tasks in life such as work and labor can really bring someone back to their roots, bring them back to the ideal human being. Rhetorically, the connection to such a well known poet and writer, helps to persuade the audience of his own personal ideals and opinions on the matter. Frost is a way of showing how a different source can still produce the same ideals and how those ideals positively impact the world.

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