Don’t Over Extend Yourself Because of Technology or anything else.

One of the main reasons why people work in jobs that they don’t like is because they are overextended financially. The idea that having material possessions makes you a more successful professional is an old scam, dangerous philosophy which in the long run can be quite limiting. We need to set our priorities straight from…

Are You A Hidden Extremist?

We live in a world marked by extremism. At the time of our grandparents, people used to have two maybe three pairs of shoes in their closets. Back in 2013, according to the American Apparel and Footwear Association, Americans bought almost eight pairs of shoes that year… Want more? Read the article in the Cleveland…

Technical Solutions Won’t Stop Mediated Communication Problems.

We need to reconsider the idea that technology itself can fix the many challenges that we face in cyberspace in 2017. The idea that technology will stop death treats, slurs, and hate speeches on-line is simply a naive idea that can only result in disappointment. Soft problems are better solved with soft solutions not hard…

Take Time Off — Technology Can Wait.

This is the very first time in my career as a college professor that I decided to take three full months off from work. After ten years of working during Summer months, either as a full-time faculty member seeking tenure or as a higher education administrator, I can assure you that completely disengaging from your…

Technology Control Maybe Necessary.

I’m not always for governmental control especially when the topic relates to computer technology but based on what I’ve seen so far in society, state regulation might be the only way that we can delay the eminent side effects described in the homosapiens immodicus model. Exposure and frequency of computer technology use is impacting a…

Forget the App — Nobody Is As Caring And Loving Like A Mom.

Although there are many people using modern computer technology in an attempt to simulate a “mom like” loving behavior, I don’t think that machinery is meant to serve in this capacity. It is true that a number of kids are seeking quick loving solutions with app technology these days in order to fulfill a love void…

Too Much Technology And Speech Delay. 

This is Sophia our daughter. She has been speaking full sentences since she was three years old. She has been practicing her ABC’s and singing songs with mommy and daddy since she was a tiny baby. Our house, like most American houses in the new millennium, has more technology than a KISS concert. However, the…

Technology Is the Corrupt’s Worst Enemy

Individuals who choose corruption over good morals have their days counted. The advent of live technology, along with unambiguous computing and social media sites like youtube and many others have changed the way we capture/record, share, and expose wrong doers’ actions and rhetoric in this new age of information that we live in. What was once…

Is Technology Neutral? 

http://www.cnn.com/videos/cnnmoney/2017/05/10/can-tech-be-biased-cnnmoney.cnnmoney/video/playlists/stories-worth-watching/ This past semester, I taught a graduate class at Jackson State University titled, “Communications Media In Society” where we spent a good portion of the course discussing issues relating to the neutrality of technology. We started the discussion with how Heidegger defines the term technology, “Technology is nothing technological.”  Is technology neutral? I don’t…

Don’t Hate! Love and Understand. 

It is true that technology has taken away jobs in the media industry. Nobody can deny this fact. Very few people can also deny that in the field of radio, technology has reshaped the way of how the medium is operated.  It is part of life, I say! Things evolve, things change.  Don’t hate technology!…

Video Games Are Great Interpersonal Communication Tools.

There is a large body of literature out there indicating that video games are bad for you and your kids. I don’t buy into this false propaganda because there is so much more to video game playing than increased aggression, poor school performance and screen addiction. When played in moderation and with a purpose, video…

Technology Addiction A Problem — Technological Conditioning A Reality.

Yesterday, Melina Carstensen published an article stating that technology addiction might impact women more than men. She also pointed it out that social media might be causing folks to gain more weight and that facebook could be making us more lonely. It is possible… I don’t know. I haven’t collected data on this subject as…

Are We A New Species Of Human Beings?

There are a number of people these days talking about the importance of disconnecting from modern computer technology. I agree that we must regulate how many hours we should be on the computer each day. I am not aware of too many folks out there who would disagree with the former statement. The reality is…

Human Beings Aren’t An Extension Of The Machine.

Is your technology use interfering with your job responsibilities? I bet it is. I am not aware of any organization that is working hard to promote the importance of employees being self aware about their technological use in the workplace. At least, I’m not seeing any move from administration anywhere in my industry calling for…

We Should Have The Right To Disconnect After 5:00pm.

Technology use after hours has reached absurd levels of adoption and use in the United States and abroad. It isn’t uncommon for hard-working  professionals living in the United States or abroad to be required to take phone calls, answer emails, reply text messages, update social media sites… 24/7. Even when someone is on vacation, he/she…

The Power of Silence

One of the biggest errors early professionals make is to say too much too quickly both in person or over the internet. I am not saying that you shouldn’t say anything or be quiet on purpose when you must be assertive at your job. What I am trying to say is that the more you…

Help Your Kids Unplug From Technology — Not For A While.

It is not possible for kids to unplug from technology today regardless of what researchers might say. At least not the way we are being told by national television. The reason why I am so certain about this is because our society is beyond the point of technological addiction and the majority of folks aren’t…

Why Should You Care About @escthemachine?

Because you deserve better — Because we all deserve better. Because @Escthemachine is liberating. It is perhaps one of the few movements out there that critically and systemically examines the impacts of modern computer technology in the development of our children. @escthemachine is important because it is a moderate movement not an extremist movement. It…

What does the @Escthemachine Symbol Represents?

The @escthemachine symbol, created by a media professor (Dr. Luis Camillo Almeida) back in early 2011, in its core represents human autonomy, control, and hope. The symbol was created as a response to the invasive nature of technology in our daily lives since the mass adoption of the smartphone. @escthemachine isn’t a symbol of hate for technology…

APSCUF Strikes For The First Time In History — Technology Is A Part Of It.

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) is officially on strike. More than 100,000 students are out of the classroom in the 14 state owned universities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Professors are picketing all across the 14 public universities. The State System of Higher Education of Pennsylvania (PASSHE) and APSCUF couldn’t…

In The Name Of Technology

Whenever technology is infused in society, it changes society forever. When the smartphone was introduced to the public back in the early 2000’s, few folks thought that this innovation would be used to change societal order in the United States, I bet. The smartphone has changed the way we engage in public discourse forever. Tehnology…

Teaching Universities: A Crisis of Identity In The Name of “Advancement”

Lack of funding has been slowly destroying the public system of higher education of the united states. A system that once has received 75% of its allocated funds from the state is now battling to keep its 27% of state funding allocation it currently receives. State governments, especially in red political states, are allocating flat…

Are Colleges Really That Expensive?

Colleges are expensive, yes. There is little doubt about that. However, what we often don’t talk about are the other expenses associated with being a college student today. The “other expenses” are as “expensive” as college itself. Guess what? The majority of these extra costs are related to technology! Let me explain… College tuition where…

The Wings of Change: The Call For New College Professors.

It is time to change the perception of what a college professor looks like, behave like and acts like. The old (yet cliche) description of an old white haired scholar addressing only a group of intellectuals interested in the fine details of a green leaf located somewhere in Kabul and its effects on the evolution…

Holy Cow! 14,000 Employees?

The industry is changing, they say. What we used to produce last year isn’t good enough o produce anymore. “We must maximize our profits in a different” area seems to be what Cisco Systems is planning to do in the next few days. The result? A potential massive layoff of 14 thousand employees. Yes, you…

Skimming Not Reading

We moved from a society of readers to a county of skimmers. Well, the former shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone as photographs published on-line have four times less resolution than its counterparts in traditional print. Therefore, there isn’t anything surprising about this latest development as our eyes get tired quicker if we look…

The Ethics of Innovation And Social Media: Keep It Real.

It is immoral to use social media, or any kind of modern innovation without fully explaining its unintended side effects and debilitating consequences to the audience. We live in a global society where people are hungry for gadgets and touch screens aways wanting to connect, share and experience 24/7 self created content to as many…

Can Technology Stop The Problem It Caused? Don’t Be Silly! Of Course Not.

Today on CNN, Kelly Wallance asked the following question in her article, “Driving While Distracted: Can Technology Stop The Problem It Caused? The answer to the former question is absolutely not. There is no technology that will make you or me be unconditioned to using the same technology that conditioned us all to being connected in the…

The Inevitable Side Effects of Innovation

I don’t care which culture you live in. Whenever a group of innovators decide to design, develop and market a technological product for mass adoption in a society, side effects are very likely to occur and there is little we can do to avoid its unintended consequences to the system. The invasion of newly developed…

The Last Bubble: Collapse is Eminent.

If we look back in history and pay close attention to the evolution of both the defeated world war II countries and what we call the industrialized countries of today, we can quickly conclude that the industries they have re-built were for the most part more efficient and effective than the ones we had in…

And They Keep Feeding You Technology!

Colleges and universities are being attacked by the ‘Masters of Mankind,” as we are a tremendous force of democracy within the new American republic. The case of Jackson State University’s foundation coverage by a local newspaper in the city of Jackson Mississippi clearly shows how these attacks are coming to fruition in the public domain…

The Reality Of Our Times

Since the times of Ronald Reagan in the 1980’s, the United States has been on a sliding slope in regards to the well being of its people. Deregulation, fear of Keynesian economics, the disregard for the well being of the working class, and a system of election that is fueled by monetary power in exchange…

Why Some of Us Are Not Techno Groupies?

I don’t know about you but technology will never control me and let me tell you… convince me that it will by itself bring me any form of long-term success in life. There will be no techno groupie movement, societal pressure or a technology itself that will change my mind about that. I am human, made…

The Nomads of the United States of America.

We don’t live in the industrial age anymore. We are currently living in what I call “the new Gutenberg” information age era.  It is an era where non-industrial companies lead the fortune 500 company list; it is an era where going to school and not gaining practical skill sets can make you educated but jobless…

Big Difference Between A Friend and A Follower

In the book, “How to win friends and influence people: In the digital age,” Dale Carnegie and Associates state, “There is a big difference between a friend and a follower.” I couldn’t agree more with them. The photo you are seeing above in this posting is of Aurora, my ten year old stepdaughter. She will…

Low Battery Anxiety Diagnosed!

According to the USA Today, Nine in ten Americans panic when phone battery drops to 20% of below!  Ladies and gentleman, welcome the new clinical disorder on the block– The Low Battery Anxiety Disorder. This condition in indeed another side effect caused by the smartphone in the great and ever growing American Technopoly. Some of…

More Than Just Dollars: Technology Regulation Necessary.

I am convinced that we need some sort of technological regulation in order to stop this insane use at all costs without thinking about tomorrow technology use madness.  We are reaching ridiculous levels of smartphone use in American society. We are currently experiencing some serious technology side effects which is now impacting the way we live…

There Is No Money That Can But Another Pinkie Finger

There is no money that can buy your pinkie back. Did you know that the smartphone is literally changing the way your pinkie finger’s bone structure works? Try putting all of your fingers next to each other and see if you can hold them together? What did you feel? Was it difficult putting all of…

Technology Is Handicapping Millennials

One of main traits that makes us human is our ability to communicate.  Whenever we live a healthy communal life, we engage in conversations face-to-face, care and respect others, and we pay attention to important principles of etiquette which then helps us to live in conjunction with each other without engaging in too much discord. I…

WJSU-FM Technology Talk

WJSU-FM Host Dwain Doty interviews Dr. Luis C. Almeida and Dr. Gailen Marshall on the issues of technology. This is a fascinating chat that was aired yesterday in the city of Jackson, Mississippi. Issues of intimacy, interpersonal communication, allergy and overall health were discussed on the show. It is worth watching!

Great Chat at WJSU-FM About TechnoModeration

Great talk about TechnoModeration in society today at WJSU-FM. It is always good to chat about technology! The complete radio interview will be available for the masses probably by tomorrow. Hope you enjoy it what we recorded in the studio. .

Technology Is The New Pacifier

This is Sophia, my daughter. Every morning, she wakes up, immediately runs from her room to ours with her blanket in one hand and a doll in the other. She finds herself a way to crawl into our bed and snuggle for a little bit. Minutes after the snuggles, she approaches me and says, “Daddy,…

Go See A Human Doctor — They Know What They Are Doing.

Early this morning, I woke up with gunk all over my eyes, a headache and a coarse voice. It is Sunday. It is church attendance day for our family and choir performance for me. I thought about staying home and recovering from the numerous times I woke up during the night to sneeze and itch…

Foreign Techniques Welcome – Always In Moderation.

Lack of technology can be devastating. Every time a small town decides to isolate themselves by ignoring the benefits of innovation for the sake of tradition — poverty, drug use, crime, and violence often follows right after.  There is just no other way to put it. The photograph you are seeing above is just a tiny…

It Has Nothing To Do With Technology

Computer technology won’t solve the numerous systemic problems we find in contemporary teaching based (4/4) higher educational state-funded institutions because most of the problems these institutions face today are problems of identity rather than “technology.” The pressing need to change traditional teaching based colleges and universities to becoming more “research based” to gain “prestige” and have…

Hey! I Still Have A Cassette Tape Recorder

Yes, you read it right. I still have a cassette tape recorder and it rocks! Since I was a student of Sports Management in college, I owned this antiquated yet cool electronic technology equipment able to play cassette tapes. The grayish look, almost identifiable object by the millennial generation is still giving me hours of…

The Side Effects Of The “e-Skin.”

The research currently being conducted by Takao Someya, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Tokyo, is fascinating. The idea of creating a cyber glove is certainly cool and I worth an article on CNN showing its application and use in our society. Ultra-thin film, patches and sensors are just a few technologies included…

Without A Tax Base… There Will Be More Pot Holes.

Today, I had a flat tire. Shortly after discovering this fact, I went back to my house and immediately called my car’s dealership service department to help me fix the problem. Fortunately, they were already operating and accepting appointments for the day. All of the sudden, my wife stops by and asks, “Luis, don’t you…

More To Grading Than A Letter Grade

This is the photo of my daughter Sophia. She is a little over three years of age, likes to play with Elmo, and loves gymnastics. She is also a good learner in school and gets along with everybody. Sophia is a typical toddler growing up in a middle class household in the United States. By…

American Jobs In Jeopardy Because of Technology

As more intelligent technologies are introduced, more jobs will be lost in this country. The jobs that survive the upcoming infusion of “production technologies” will pay little and you will be lucky if these jobs pay you full-time wages. Retail, waitresses, and realtors will be the next batch of employees that will suffer with this…

You Need Flesh And Bones Along With Technology To Sell

In the new landscape of social media, content is key. What they don’t tell you is that promotion is as key.  There are tons of folks out there possessing great content yet they are still unknown. Why? The answer is clear — Content in itself isn’t enough for anyone to follow your thoughts or buy…

The Upcoming Rise Of TechnoGreed In Music

There is something magical about listening to a live group of church choir singers accompanied by real musicians playing real instruments on a Sunday morning. Their pitches, voice tones and expressions make the experience of listening to them one that everybody should experience at least once in life, especially if there is a bassist, guitarist…

An Alternative To Smartphone Mania

Today, I did what I always do. I used computer technology in moderation and enjoyed life. Was it complicated or difficult to do? Not really. If was quite easy, in fact. The good news is that you can do the same thing, if you wish, as well. You don’t need to be a slave to…

Academia Can’t Afford TechnoHitlers Or TechnoPhobics Anymore

Academia can’t afford TechnoHitlers and/or TechnoPhobics anymore. As operating budgets are being cut and the need for recruiting and to to give good student treatment increases, so is the need to TechnoModerate. The need to educate students with technology yet maintaining an acceptable level of emphatic communication behavior is indeed a pressing need in 21st…

TechnoModeration Is Needed In Schools

We all need to TechnoModerate! There are no excuses or exceptions. The idea that only kids should use technology in moderation is long past. We are all suffering from the consequences of technology overuse. The field of education shouldn’t be excluded from the technoModeration agenda. The idea that we should use technology at all costs…

The Ten Commandments of TechnoModeration

I reveal to you the Ten Commandments of TechnoModeration — A well crafted list of ten commandments that we all should live by these days. I hope that this poster will make you think about how technology overuse is affecting society at large in so many different venues in a critical way. I also hope…

Thou Shalt Have TechnoModeration

Capturing the happiness of a child with reasonable frequency can only be done if her parents aren’t constantly texting or socializing on social media at the time the video is being captured. The idea that one should be constantly on-line, texting, driving, spending time on social media, twitting, facebooking, snap-chatting… is really toxic and reduces…

We Are Conditioned To Using Technology

What is the first thing that comes to your mind after looking at the photograph displayed above? Some may say addiction others might simply state silliness but very few would say conditioned as in classical conditioning. There is little doubt that folks are addicted to technological devices today especially if we use the traditional and…

The Real Meaning Of Friendship — Not Facebook Friendships

What is a friend to you? Is it a person in which you can chat, share your concerns with, bounce ideas… A person who is going to be there no matter what. A person who you know will tell you the truth not matter if you are wealthy, poor, in control or wondering in life…

Unplugging Is Good For Your Soul

Unplugging is good for your soul. In fact, it can be help human beings to be less lonely, jealous and envy. What a great benefit to unplugging once in a while! TechnoModeration has benefits that transcends the area of media studies and that is just great. Unplugging makes you few good! On the other hand,…

The Systemic Impacts of Uncontrolled Automation

  Let me ask you an elementary question — What will happen to our country’s infrastructure if we uncontrollably automate our macro systems and ignore our local needs, including our need to hire human beings so they can pay taxes and fix the roads especially here in the city of Jackson, Mississippi. A horrible thing…

Millennials Are Not Computer Geniuses

This is perhaps one of the biggest myths of our times — The idea that the millennials are geniuses of technology and that they know everything there is to technology. The reality is that they don’t actually know  the very basics of longitudinal productive technology as this kind of knowledge base requires significant internal rehearsal which…

Hippocampus 1st — GPS 2nd.

GPS technology is, for the most part, a great tool that we can use in order to find unknown locations in our distant neighborhood or when going out of state to a friend’s or family member’s house for Christmas, thanksgiving, or spring break. There is little doubt that global positioning system technology helps us to…

Man To Machine: How To Reboot Your Humanity

Previously posted at Hongkiat.com Computer technology is everywhere, in multiple formats, under different patents, most calling for the same outcome behavior – use. Unfortunately, computer use can’t be sustained for too much longer without a severe impact. Computers are supposed to make our lives better but sometimes, its side effects cause more damage than good….

Dr. Almeida Featured On ABC-Jackson

The great folks at WAPT, the ABC affiliate here in Jackson Mississippi, were very kind and gracious to run a story on TechnoModeration, an urgent and important technology construct in today’s global society. I had a great conversation with Channel 16 Anchor Tammy Estwick that in fact lasted a good hour and a half. We…

Technology is Making us Dumber.

It is making us dumber, yes, because it is conditioning us to use all these technology without reflecting on why we are using these tools resulting in the idea that we don’t really need to process all this content because it is accessible somewhere on-line. At least, this is what I think. Some of us…

TechnoModeration Releases Frazzle

If you decide to work like a maniac, or is being asked to work 70 hours a week without rest and make absurd deadlines with little resources, you will undeniably, sooner or later, break down. There is just no way that the human brain can handle this unhealthy combination of circumstances without resulting in Frazzle…

Sensationalism At Your Fingertips

A new phenomenon is occurring in American society today — “Smartphone Sensationalism.” The smartphone sensationalism technological side effect that we are witnessing in our troubled society today is quite troublesome. What we are experiencing today is at the very least disturbing and unchristian. Have you noticed an increasing number of violent acts captured by average…

Technology As A Cheating Tool

Let me share something with you that you probably already know. Our school system isn’t in alignment with the needs and demands of the 21st century, for the most part. We tend to solve problems today using technology as a cheating tool. The old (yet still important) model of asking students to memorize content in…

Is Technology Making Us Dumber?

A dumb person is someone who is unable to speak or is empty headed. Short answer — Yes. Look at society! Better answer — it depends on how we define intelligence to be. Intelligence to me, and several researchers across the globe, is two-fold. Some of us come from the stance that there are different…

You Can Call Me Mr. TechnoModeration!!!

Are you sick of working 60 hours as week, going to a restaurant and constantly seeing folks dining yet texting at the same time at the table? Maybe you believe that resting once in a while without being ostracized for being human by others is a normal activity? I certainly believe that. By the way,…