One aspect of modern society is the emergence and the widespread occurrence of the magical thinker. The magical thinker is one who does not think carefully and does not examine deeply what he or she experiences. He or she usually suffers from a techno-euphoia syndrome where the latest tech fixes all problems, always. The disappointment felt by the magical thinkers is always fixed by the next tech product, of course. The magical thinker believes in and is seduced by the easy fix, the magic potion, the pied piper.
Magical thinkers are a bane to the rest of existence. They proclaim the difficult things to be easy and so they delude others like them and the rresulting happy hordes run off cliffs. Worse, they make the rest of life difficult because then other magical thinkers are frustrated when we cannot multiply bread and fishes like Jesus. Sorry, but simple vector graphics are not the same as bitmap photos, and the two cannot be treated the same way. No, Obama’s birth cert was never credible because of PDF layers — sorry!
It is frustrating because people invent things to solve a limited number of problems, and this lurching forward into the future is both healthy and good. This is not to discount the revolutions caused by discovery or genius, not at all. However, one is not the other, and even a revolution in say, plastics, does not make other areas of life suddenly better. Even a revolution in plastics has limited application, because some items are still better made with metals.
Magical thinkers don’t care about any of that, because they aren’t really interested in creating things, building things, or doing things. They flit about like hummingbirds, seeking the next big thing, the next great high, the easy fix, the magic potion. Such are not to be found in this world or any other, and that is not doom. That is reality, and it is reality to appreciate things for what they are, for the benefits that they provide, and not to idolize them or to be disappointed when they do not save your soul.