Look up, look at one another, and let’s start the conversation

We live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection. 

300+ comments on this NYTimes.com opinion by Sherry Turkle, MIT professor and author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other.

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The medium is the message

During last Thursday’s discussion I brought up Marshall McLuhan‘s famous quote (“the medium is the message”). Here is the explanation in the author’s own words:

Each medium, independent of the content it mediates, has its own intrinsic effects which are its unique message.

The message of any medium or technology is the change of scale or pace or pattern that it introduces into human affairs. The railway did not introduce movement or transportation or wheel or road into human society, but it accelerated and enlarged the scale of previous human functions, creating totally new kinds of cities and new kinds of work and leisure. This happened whether the railway functioned in a tropical or northern environment, and is quite independent of the freight or content of the railway medium. (Understanding Media, N. Y., 1964, p. 8 ).

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