Category Archives: Social Commentary
By Wesley J. Smith
I guess it takes global warming hysteria to get the bioethics movement to criticize what is known in the trade as “artificial reproductive technologies” or ART.
By Rebekah Maxwell
Obama forces religious groups to choose between God and Guv’ment: For any believers still on the fence about our current commander’s convictions, let him be clear…he doesn’t believe in the “separation of church and state” either. He will tell you what to believe and how to behave, or else.
By ANAND GIRIDHARADAS
The grandparents stood for Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and its massive expansion of government power. The children marched for civil rights and a war’s end, demanding changes in law and policy. And now the grandchildren use Uber to ferry their children to charter schools.
By Jon Evans
“Technology isn’t a section in the newspaper any more. It’s the culture,” quoth Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith, prompting some eyebrow-raising by Guardian and New York Times columnists. And here’s some more from TechCrunch… but my stance is a bit different. “The culture”? That’s an oxymoron. There is no such thing as majority mainstream culture any more. We are all weirdos now — thanks to tech.
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What is the connection between Social Networks and Being Lonely?
Quoting the words of Sherry Turkle from her TED talk – Connected, But Alone.
Also Based on Dr. Yair Amichai-Hamburgers hebrew article -The Invention of Loneliness.
By Eli Amdur
“We are perishing for lack of wonder, not for lack of wonders.”
So observed G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936), the inimitable English writer, philosopher, poet, and journalist. His words gain more relevance as the years push them further into history, and were he alive today, he would not budge an inch from them. Would that he were here to remind us!
One of the few characteristics human beings can claim as distinctly ours – separating us from all other species – is our capacity to wonder. We don’t even have exclusivity in creating wonders, as certain species not only use tools but make them, proving the capacity to invent. But to wonder? Yes.
Why, then, do so many of us disengage from the process of wondering? Not flipping over dazzling new technologies, but wondering at simple things: an idea, melody, theory, opportunity, synergy, or fantasy?
Extended, this behavior leads to a global pandemic of dissatisfaction with satisfaction; compulsion to have the latest software, app, or add-on to replace one that hasn’t been fully mastered yet and doesn’t need replacement; to upgrade to the latest smart phone simply because the fierce competition makes you forget your basic needs while feeding your latest desires; to play “Words with Friends” where we used to play word games with friends – you know, around a table; and to be immersed in many of these at the same time, creating a condition which, in 1998, Linda Stone called “continuous partial attention.”
A documentary about the changing habits of human interaction. The priority change in socialising and the ramifications of a new world humans have never used before; the virtual world.