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January 09, 2012


Wish I'd been there! Sounds like an interesting talk, though I disagree with Turkle on so many things — when I've read her anyhow.

Good write-up.


I can see people seeing technology as providing hope, but I don't see that it is any different than the old Peanuts cartoon in which Charlie Brown is looking for a card in the mailbox. The thing is, people long for interaction with other people. People want to know that other people love them. That is why God created marriage. But he did not limit us to that. Technology, when used well, can provide the healthy interactions we all need, as long as we don't make it into a god.

Timothy, I love your comparison to the mailbox! I'm old enough to remember what it's like to wait eagerly for a letter or magazine subscription...

I suspect Turkle and Challies might agree with you. Technology doesn't add new impulses, it just provides opportunities for us to "soup up" old impulses. In other words, giving a man a mobile phone is like giving a hungry man a bigger soup spoon.

By definition all technological devices, digital and otherwise, are tools -- and isn't the by-product of a tool a new expectation? If I have a hammer, I can build my house twice as fast? If I have a mobile, I can connect with my friends twice as much? Tools are powerful things that change our behavior and expectations, so the most powerful and often-used tools probably deserve more scrutiny.

I agree with your point on interaction. I'd like to see a study on what people *do* if they're let down by their inbox. Do they just get disappointed and check again in five minutes? Do they decide to write a note of encouragement for a friend who's struggling? etc.


Thanks Rich, if you have time I'd love to hear what you disagree with Turkle about.


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