I just read this post by Tim Stevens, and found it very interesting.
I agree on many points. I am posting this on a blog that will feed to Twitter and then to my Facebook page. I don't believe the world is going to hell because of Twitter and Facebook. I don't believe they are a replacement for real interaction and relationship. In fact, I believe they can enhance them
But...we have to be careful because they can.
Where he lost me was when he made this comment:
It’s like watching someone early last century arguing against people who used cars to travel from place to place. “People who drive are trying to avoid the face-to-face interac¬tion you get from walking down the sidewalk and stopping to chat with the neighbors sitting on their front porch. Do you want to get places faster at the expense of spending time with people?”The reality is that sociologically the isolationism of much of American life can be directly traced to the widespread use of the vehicle.
If you heard that, you might pull the speaker aside and tell him, “Embrace reality. Don’t be so afraid of change.”
We pay at the pump...we drive through...we drive alone to work...we pull into a garage and walk directly into our house. We do not have to interact with anyone we don't want to unless we have an accident. I don't think that is being "afraid of change," but rather dealing with the implications of the technological advancement.
We have lost something very important because we drive a car.
Does that make the car bad? In some ways it does. In others it does not. If your intentions are to get some place faster it is not necessarily bad...but you have to recognize that you lose something.
You DO lose interaction with the people around you. I also believe the car has helped create the suburbs (you can now travel many more miles in one hour and drive farther to work), it has created Walmart (you can drive right past the local mom and pop market and stores to get what you want for cheaper), etc.
Like it or not we are all part of a system and when one aspect of the system changes...other unintentional things change. It is a fallacy to believe that technological advances do not have their negative effects and that some very valuable things are lost in the transition. Are some things gained? Yes. The question becomes...Do they change for the better?
What do you think?