Blog Post #8

The stasis theory helps both readers and writers to understand an argument that is being made through examining the facts, definition, value, and policy of it. Carr starts his chapter, “On Autopilot,” with a story to fluidly present his arguments. He shows examples of how automation has impacted technology in a negative way. His facts are aimed around the idea of pilots and how autopilot is impacting their flying skills. One of his stories describe disaster from pilots taking over after an automatic piloting system shuts off. He later describes how the once interesting and thrilling job of being a pilot has become more of a supervising role when he says, “the role of pilot has shifted toward becoming a monitor or supervisor of the automation” (Carr 53). He also argues the value of automation and even questions whether it is worth it since “a heavy reliance on computer automation can erode pilots’ expertise” (Carr 54). He argues that automation is taking the thinking out of our lives and letting us coast along easily.

Carr makes the rhetorical move of comparing the ways that humans and computers function and accomplish tasks. The same as a computer would operate by knocking items off of a list, a human could go through life just doing tasks and living without using our hearts and emotions. Also, he uses the imagery of a glass cockpit to describe how a person can go through their life letting machines take away their need to act and process the world around them. This also leads one to believe that many people are already living with automation systems making their lives easier but also taking away from them the ability to live life the way it is supposed to be lived. It causes many readers to question the way they are living their lives and pushes for an overall change in the way we live.


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