Reader’s Blog #10

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.

2 thoughts on “Reader’s Blog #10

  1. kchickagurl93kaitlyn

    You’re right everything that someone does on social networks as well as accounts that we have online is traced. All of our actions are traced online. I believe this is one reason why stalking is a lot easier now then say 50 years ago.

  2. e101student

    I agree that there is much control involved when it comes to technology. Many people, especially those who readily give out personal info online, need to realize that it is easy for some people to track them and those people might use that info to harm them, like in the case of identity theft.


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