Cultural Myths

We are considered fortunate to live in the world that we do today. Material things seem to be bountiful, science and technology simply keeps on advancing, and we are all busy and hard at work in school or making money to achieve certain things in life by whatever means. In particular, science and technology has introduced so many significant inventions and conveniences to society that we cannot help but feel that we need to have these things. The products and services out there being advertised and sold are glamorized to appear faultless so that our attention is drawn to the benefits. Unfortunately, there are drawbacks and the fact that these inventions and conveniences are supposed to be quick and helpful could be a mere myth. This might lead one to ask if all the things we think we need to help us are really conveniences or merely burdensome.
An example of something that is very useful and convenient, but at the same time could be very problematic would be the computer. Uses for computers have reached new heights. Aside from using them for word processing, computers serve as a source of entertainment with games and the Internet, are a means of communication, and we are able to shop in our underwear now if that’s what is preferred. The Internet alone can have you sitting in the same place for hours at a time because of all its possibilities. However, along with all of its advantages come a computer’s weaknesses. Putting a spotlight on the Internet, what poses a concern to me would be the safety of it all. Nowadays, we can not be certain that what we perceive to be private information still remains to be so.
When we make purchases over the Internet, so much information is available to the person sitting on the other end, which can in turn wind up in the hands of many others without our knowledge. It takes so much more time to make sure your information is secure with passwords and usernames. Wouldn’t it simply be easier to go out and buy what you need instead of worrying about what kind of personal information could be leaking out everywhere? It would save a lot of worry and one’s sanity. However, one might agree that it saves them time to do their grocery shopping at home while they can still watch the kids or fill their prescriptions without leaving the house with swollen lips because of an allergic reaction. They might say that it does not matter that others know their personal information because they have nothing to hide, but others might just care a little more about their privacy and safety. In today’s newspaper, there was news of Net Hackers striking again. The key word “again”, meaning that kind of manipulation of computers was not the first time it happened. It is hard to regulate the things that happen on the Internet. The Internet is analogous to a whole new, virtual world with no means of an end.
Fast food is also in a world of its only, but very different from that of the virtual world of the Internet. It is not from the world of science and technology, but it exists in our world today. The fast food world includes places such as McDonald’s, Burger King, and Taco Bell. When you see commercials about these fast food chains, they try to appeal to the consumer with low prices and fast service. On TV, McDonald’s portrays its fast food restaurants to be a family experience where their commercials show the American family having a good time and good food. Burger King’s theme is “your way, right away”. This makes the consumer know that they have a place to go to get their food fast. Many people seem to have something to say about how long it takes to prepare and cook meals. People are so busy these days and do not feel they have the time to cook. An obvious solution would be to go out and buy some food that you can get quickly to feed yourself or the family. However, these foods are not healthy and to consume them on a regular basis would not be wise. To consume a