The Machine Stops, By Jonathan Forster

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Society today possesses an over-reliance on technology. Advancements in technology paved the way for the formation of new applications and forms of social media that potentially lead to the loss of the intimacy of communication and personal relationships among users. As a result of the ease of communication through technology, face-to-face interaction rarely occurs anymore. Long before technology began advancing at a rapid pace, authors used their medium of writing to comment on the dangers of relying on technology too excessively. E.M. Forster’s short story, “The Machine Stops,” written in 1909, highlights a dilemma that society’s over-reliance on technology created between virtual connectivity and face-to-face interaction. That over-reliance, perfect for the futuristic, dystopian society in “The Machine Stops,” also serves as a cautionary tale for the technological culture of today. Vashti takes comfort in all the luxuries that the Machine provides, but that comfort comes with a price. Immediately after his birth, Kuno was taken from Vashti and placed into a public nursery, seeing as the “duties of [parents] cease at birth” (Forster). In the futuristic society of “The Machine Stops,” the expectations of parents do not include actually raising their children. Not once in the short story did Vashti voice any reluctance she may have had when Kuno was taken from her. Maternal instincts would prevent any mother from allowing her child to be whisked away, but Vashti’s reliance
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