16 Feb IELTS Task 2: Technology and Traditional Cultures
It is inevitable that as technology develops so traditional cultures must be lost. Technology and traditional cultures are incompatible, you cannot have both together. To what extent do you agree with this view?
It is true that technological advancements are rapidly changing society. Some feel that this will damage existing cultures and that the two are not compatible. While I admit that traditions and customs are under threat, I disagree and will explain my view below.
I certainly concede that technology is challenging traditional cultures, and I feel the principal reason for this is that many people, especially those under 30, are increasingly drawn to modern forms of entertainment and find customs pedestrian and boring. When they interact with their peers, they routinely use instant apps such as WeChat, in turn meaning they, by and large, lack patience for the slower pace of traditions. What this can do is dissuade them from participating in some festivals and ceremonies. In China, for example, where technology is ubiquitous, teenagers typically find it difficult to concentrate for long periods of time, finding the long street parades at Spring Festival challenging. This, clearly, could well damage traditional cultures in the future.
Nevertheless, I disagree with this contention for two compelling reasons. Firstly, and most significantly, traditional cultures are often using technology to adapt and stay relevant. A good case in point is the Beijing ballet, as it regularly incorporates bluescreens and holograms into its performances. As such, it is still enormously popular, which is why, ultimately, technology is actually helping to preserve cultures. Secondly, culture provides an important balance to people’s progressively busy lifestyles. By providing a connection to people’s heritage, festivals and customs help foster national pride and allow people to reflect on their identity and ties to those closest to them, and this, in my view, means traditional culture indeed has an essential role to play along with technology.
In conclusion, I believe that, despite the dangers, technology is not destroying traditional culture and both can exist together.