The Personalist Project

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Jules van Schaijik

#1, Feb 7, 2012 9:35am

I saw the same ad and had a similar reaction to it. Besides the point you make, I also thought the level of celebration was way out of proportion with the "good" that was celebrated. Up to a point that is to be expected in commercials. But in this case the celebration was so excessive that it was just weird.

I'm not sure about a transcript, but the talk will be recorded and made available to members.

Katie van Schaijik

#2, Feb 7, 2012 1:24pm

I'm reminded of a talk Solzenhitsyn delivered years ago in Liechtenstein.  He lamented the spiritual effects of the telephone, which distorted our sense of place.  

Wojtyla and many others, too, have talked about the way technology is creating an alienated, rootless generation.

I'm not a Luddite, but it's all very worrying, isn't it?

Tim Cronin

#3, Feb 7, 2012 9:53pm

It is worrying. I think it also leads to a lack of reflection, recptivity, and depth. There have been concerns with technology since the time of Plato. Each technology is not neutral but influential in how we relate.

"And in this instance, you who are the father of letters, from a paternal love of your own children have been led to attribute to them a quality which they cannot have; for this discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves. The specific which you have discovered is an aid not to memory, but to reminiscence, and you give your disciples not truth, but only the semblance of truth; they will be hearers of many things and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing; they will be tiresome company, having the show of wisdom without the reality. 

Jules van Schaijik

#4, Feb 7, 2012 10:14pm

I'm afraid Plato is right. It's not the whole truth, thank goodness, but still—how depressing.


#5, Feb 12, 2012 10:39pm

As one whose physical reality necessitates a certain amount of vicariousnesss and/or mediation, I find technology a blessing in that it connects me to a wealth of interpersonal contact and communication beyond my immediate circle of support.

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