Digital Hype: A Dazzling Smokescreen? by Norman SolomonQuicklink submitted by Joan Brunwasser Permalink
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|A central paradox of the rapid advances in media technologies is that the quantum leaps in computer hard drives and software have been accompanied by an approximately zero boost in human mental capacity - or in what we refer to with such words as 'insight,' 'wisdom' and 'compassion.' You can't visit a local mall or an online site and pull out a credit card to purchase an upgrade in gray matter or human connection. The momentum of digital communications has conveyed a sense of inevitability. As last year's cutting-edge gizmos become old hat, resistance appears to be futile. But the question is not whether we're 'pro' or 'anti' technology. More pertinent are inquiries like: What's the point of all this hyper-computerized stuff? How does it relate to the most important meanings of life?|
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