Evan Ratliff’s Vanish was a very fascinating read. It directly went with what we were reading this semester by showing modern use of technology and how even though we might not think it controls us, it kind of does. Everyone who lives a normal day to day life with a cell phone, computer, digital banking ect is easily traceable. It’s kind of creepy to think about it . We are all so submerged in our regular technological habits that it’s nearly impossible to escape them and completely vanish without a trace. Ratliff’s experiment backed up some of our earlier readings in the semester that involved authors who were hesitant to involve themselves in modern technology and thought it was controlling us as humans too much. They thought technology was taking away big parts of what make us, us. They were partially right but Ratliff experiment also shows the other side of the coin. So many people were mesmerized by Ratlif vanishing they banded together and used the internet and modern technology to track him. This read was pretty exciting as I had never heard of this being done before and it was fun to see if they would be able to catch him. It also made me weary about my use of technology. We usually don’t think it’s so easy for people to track us and figure out our day to day habits, whereabouts and online usage. This article definitely opened my eyes some.
After reading through the Act Up project I immediately saw how it contradicted the views of most of the authors we read this semester. Something that started as grass roots spread through word of mouth and getting people together to do something to help the situation with HIV turned into something even bigger. It’s tough for something to spread like this without the help of modern technology. HIV and Aids has negatively affected so many lives and its great that they were able to start something that could raise awareness in a positive way without violence. Technology has helped them progress through the years and reach even more people than they ever could without it. It’s important that we as a society continue to progress and use what we have to the best of our abilities in a positive way. You may not have a ton of money or followers behind you but if you have an opinion and the will to fight for something technology will give you a voice for it and help you reach the people you need to.