“It’s just one factor in modern life that can increase connection in a world divided by the vagaries of capitalism, the disengagement of television, and the isolation of suburban sprawl…”
This is very good. And so obvious, once someone noticed it. Being connected, always online, and how that is bringing us further away from “Reality” (see my last post on Colbert) has dominated the discourse for so long that we forgot why we actually do it. It’s all about “detoxing” from your phone and your computer (I guess it’s good in a physical sense; streching your legs, resting your eyes) when what you’re actually doing online seems to be completely unimportant.
On bad days, I seriously feel like I was born without the “normal” gene that makes you want to embrace life by always switching things off, when I usually feel the most alive talking, reading and hanging out online. Why is one type of conversation “better” than another? It’s Chomsky vs. Foucault is what it is.
I’ll always prefer Kracauer to Adorno. If I see creativity and productivity, it is because it is creative and productive. The Internet isn’t Oz. The Internet is Kansas.
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