Time to take back tech con­trol

The Courier-Mail - - LETTERS -

WHAT hap­pened to the term “user-friendly”?

The rapid de­vel­op­ment of new tech­nol­ogy leaves many floun­der­ing.

As colum­nist Karen Brooks suggested ( C-M, Jan 14), the mar­ket and its gad­gets con­trol us.

As they evolve, we are in dan­ger of un­rav­el­ling. died on our roads last year. Many of those fa­tal ac­ci­dents were due to drink-driv­ers.

Hence we all can ac­cept the mes­sage: “If you drink and drive you are an id­iot.”

Well, if you in­gest an il­le­gal sub­stance when you have no idea what it is and you also paid a stranger money for it, then surely you should also clas­sify your­self as an “id­iot”.

Your dol­lars en­rich crim­i­nals who care as much about the ef­fects of their drugs as a hyena would about its kill.

Your de­ci­sion and in­dul­gence adds to the harm of il­licit drugs in this coun­try.

I have no prob­lem if peo­ple want to test pills, but I ob­ject if the tax­payer is to foot the bill.

If you want your pill tested, pay for a proper lab­o­ra­tory as­sess­ment and blame them if it does you harm.

Take re­spon­si­bil­ity for your own be­hav­iour, rather than blam­ing the Gov­ern­ment or

You could as­so­ciate labour-sav­ing in­ven­tions such as wash­ing ma­chines and vac­uum clean­ers with con­ve­nience and con­tent­ment.

They don’t con­fuse and de­plete pock­ets like some of to­day’s mind-bog­gling de­vices.

On the pos­i­tive side, tech­nol­ogy has un­known so­ci­ety for your un­wise de­ci­sions. Bruce Lan­ham, Yeronga FAR too many peo­ple have fallen vic­tim to their own stu­pid­ity by con­sum­ing drugs.

Of re­cent in­stances, they have taken their drugs/pills at mu­sic fes­ti­vals and sev­eral have sub­se­quently died. Will they ever learn? Pill test­ing is not the an­swer as this tends to con­done drug use.

Ab­sti­nence is the only so­lu­tion.

Per­haps one an­swer is to send those who re­cover from their drug (ab)use the bill for the am­bu­lance, treat­ment and hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion.

Re­gret­tably, there will al­ways be those who suc­cumb to peer pres­sure or a de­sire to try a lit­tle “lift” in their life, which in most cases is to their detri­ment. If in doubt, don’t. Peter John­son, Robina po­ten­tial to rev­o­lu­tionise health, ed­u­ca­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and save the en­vi­ron­ment.

It is up to the most in­tel­li­gent life on the planet, mankind, not to put the brakes on progress, but to ex­er­cise dis­ci­pline and in­flu­ence the way we man­age it. Ros Smith, Mid­dle Park KAMIL GRZYWKA 32, lawyer, Bris­bane City For a pe­riod of time, yes. Once the mi­grants have their in­de­pen­dence they can move. Cities are a great place to start a new life. FREAR ALDER­SON 31, main­te­nance sched­uler, Jabiru, NT I really don’t know. If the town has job op­por­tu­ni­ties, then yes. If not, no. Small towns are al­ready suf­fer­ing be­cause there aren’t enough jobs. ANA JORGE 35, stu­dent, South Bris­bane I guess the pop­u­la­tion could be bet­ter spread. Smaller cities are nice and mi­gra­tion could help de­velop them. CARLA PALENZUELA 22, cleaner, Spring Hill Small towns have fewer job op­por­tu­ni­ties for for­eign peo­ple. I stud­ied jour­nal­ism in Spain, now I’m clean­ing at a ho­tel. 24, chef, New Farm It’s all about get­ting per­ma­nent res­i­dency. If it helps them get per­ma­nent sta­tus they’ll go re­gional, but the best jobs and life­style are in the city. 29, roofer, Meri­dan Plains That’s a hard one. We don’t force cur­rent city dwellers to move to the bush. We should wel­come mi­grants in any town they choose to make their home.

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