One of the reasons why TED Conversations has become my fav forum network is that it’s very responsive so I learn a lot from it. Here’s an argument from my TED friend Bryan Maloney. It illustrates how tech can give us peace by isolating us rather than ‘connect’ us and give us anxiety
‘Politics requires people working together. Technology makes people less necessary. We can see where this leads.
‘A few centuries ago, someone of my education and stature (college and managerial) would have more people in his life because he would have no choice. Technology has removed the necessity of personal interaction, even interaction between employer and household servant. Likewise, driving to work is solitary for me. Might as well be nobody else on the road. The same is true for many other transactions. I pay bills online, no need to go to a stationer to get envelopes and mail or pay them in person.
‘In any case, people are less necessary for daily life. That means we are less experienced in the daily interaction with people that underlies politics. Being less experienced, we are less inclined, and we participate less. I can live for years in a house in the USA, within a city, and never even meet my next-door neighbor. Technology permitted this. Sit on the porch and talk to people? I have a TV.’
full convo here
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