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In Quote, Spirituality, Web/Tech, Weblogs on January 2, 2007 by Eliacín

from New Scientist – found in the most recent Utne Reader 

Is social networking changing the way people relate to each other?

For some people, things move from “I have a feeling, I want to call a friend” to “I want to feel something, I need to make a call”. In either case, what is not being cultivated is the ability to be alone and to manage and contain one’s emotions. When technology brings us to the point where we’re used to sharing our thoughts and feelings instantaneously, it can lead to a new dependence, sometimes to the extent that we need others in order to feel our feelings in the first place.

Does it worries you?

Our society tends to toward a breathless techno-enthusiasm: “we are more connected; we are global; we are more informed.” But just as not all information put on the web is true, not all aspects of the new sociallity should be celebrated. We communicate with quick instant messages, “check in” cell calls, and emoticons graphics. All of these are meant to quickly communicate a state. They are not meant to open a dialogue about complexity of feeling. Although the culture that grows up around a cell phone is a “talk culture” it is not necessarily a culture that contribute to self-reflection.

Self-reflection depends on having an emotion, experiencing it, taking one’s time to think it through and understand it, but only sometimes electing to share it.

from Guy Debord’s Society of Spectacle

The whole life of those societies in which modern conditions of production prevail present itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. All that once was directly lived has become mere representation.

The Spectacle is not a collection of images; rather, it is a social relationship between people that is mediated by images.

from Jean Baudrillard’s  Sumulacra & Simulation 

Today abstraction is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror, the concept. Simulation is no longer that territory, a referential being, or a substance. It is the generation by models of a real without origin or reality: a hyperreal. The territory no longer precedes the map, nor does it survive it.

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