Re: Computer and internet mystique
Technology, as wonderful as it is, or is that amazing as it is, seems to encase people nowadays, as you say Eric, on the bus, or with music, music, music, and shiny devices, endlessly clicking on and off appear to offer endless addictive distraction and an alternative to deeper contemplation, it's a mesmeric experience at times, like drugs I guess, psychodelic perhaps, LSD in a device, the effect at times seems to be more like skimming the surface more than real communication, the appearance of interaction without any of the risks or hard edges of life by actually standing in front of somebody. also ideal for the shy, lazy or antisocial I guess.
One evening last week I actually got to read in complete and utter silence, I could hear the wind, for Cripe's sake, pure silence and it was a damn fine experience, and I realized sadly just how much the electronic chatter and blipping and pops and flickering screens and the "be in touch with everyone/no one exchanges had intruded into my life.
Technology is a great tool, but also has this schizo addictive/repellent quality. The troble is we're constantly told how 'great' it is, okay, yeah... but if you read through some forums and those reply columns at the bottom of online newspapers and blogs, you'd rather burn what you read there than consume it. It makes for some pretty grim reading indeed.
Last edited by Hamlet; 10-Jul-2012 at 22:12.
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