The Role of Technology in Kurt Vonnegut's Writing

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<br>Thesis: Technology is the villain in Kurt Vonnegut's works because of his hatred of corporate insensitivity and his awareness of the destructive social impact of science and technology.
<br>I. Kurt Vonnegut has a great awareness of the destructive social impact of science and technology.
<br>A. Contraptions that Vonnegut calls "social transplants" replace contact with the awful real relatives and friends with synthetic ones.
<br>1. Computers minimize human contact even better than TV's and CD players with headphones can.
<br>2. Vonnegut voices his hate of the computer because it is a nervous system outside of our own.
<br>3. The start of this was in the 4th century before Christ; audiences accepted people
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Audiences accepted attractive people who memorized interesting things to say on stage as genuine relatives and friends (Vonnegut 266). We no longer have a need to make conversation with our dreadful real family and friends, not when we have all of these technological and entertaining transplanted friends and family. Vonnegut believes contemporary society is lonely because we have alienated ourselves from each other because of all of the technology in our world. Throughout his many writings Vonnegut shows his fascination with the way technology changes the social environment (Lundquist 88). He never abandons his theme of hatred for science and technology and its social impact on society. Vonnegut also believes that we no longer have developed imaginations because of destructive technological developments. We are not born with an imagination; teachers and parents help us to develop it. Imagination was once very important because it was your major source of entertainment. The imagination circuit is built in your head. People can read a book and envision it in their mind. However, this is no longer necessary. Now there are shows, actors, and movies that show us the story instead of letting us use our imagination to envision it. We do not need imagination just like we do not need to know how to ride horses in our society. We have cars that can go much faster than horses so why learn how to ride one? This